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Potsdam Save-A-Lot named Business of Year

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POTSDAM - The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce has named Potsdam Save-A-Lot as its Business of the Year Award recipient for 2012.

The Potsdam store has been a mainstay of the Outer Market area for 12 years. The store recently completed a new remodel, which was just one aspect mentioned in a Save A Lot’s nomination for the award.

“The recent remodel consisted of a new entrance, expanded produce section, and wider aisles, re-lamped ceiling lights (brighter) along with fresh paint and an extensive cleaning and organizing program that is now part of our daily routine,” explained Save A Lot owner Jeff Proulx, “The wider aisles have been well received by our customers and makes for a much more comfortable shopping experience. A clean and brighter store is what our customers expect and deserve, so we have made extra efforts to insure that.”

Another area of praise was Save A Lot’s produce and meat departments. Mr. Proulx was appreciative of this compliment, “I have always stressed that you can sell price once, however you sell quality over and over and that’s the approach I take with fresh meat and produce.

“Meat and produce is the cornerstone of our industry, and I believe anyone can sell cans of corn, however to have such a tremendous following in our Meat and Produce departments is the highest compliment that any customer could give us and a huge compliment to our Meat and Produce staff. We have been able to combine high quality meats and produce at prices well below the market and we accomplish this through great efficiencies starting with our wholesaler, combined with the buying power of over 1,500 stores nationally and a high level of efficiencies at store level. This has given our customers the ability to stretch their dollars without compromising quality….it works.”

Mr. Proulx has always stressed the importance of giving back to the community that supports his business. “Potsdam has been the cornerstone of my company’s growth and for that I am grateful. In turn I feel very strongly about supporting many groups and organizations that many of my customers belong to,” he said.

Some of the organizations Save A Lot has supported include: Potsdam Kiwanis Club, Canton Potsdam Hospital Foundation, Potsdam Holiday Fund, Edward-Moses Walk/Run, Acapella North Chorus, Potsdam Elks Lodge, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and many St. Lawrence County school teams and organizations.

Giving praise to his employees commitment and dedication to the store was of utmost importance to Mr. Proulx. “I would like to thank all the staff at the Potsdam store for their continued hard work and dedication and nothing happens unless these guys are fully engaged dedicated, especially the management group that includes:

John Shaughnessy- Director of Store Operations, Rich Finnerty-Store Manager, Brandie Smith- Front End Supervisor, Nate White-Meat Manager, Tom Griffin- 1st cutter, Glenn Griggs, Rob Bovay, Tim Gilbert- Produce Manger, Jack Townsend, Richard Peters, and Harold Deshane- Floor Care.”

The chamber will honor Save A Lot at its Spring Luncheon being held at the Potsdam Town & Country Club starting at noon May 9. If you wish to attend and help the chamber celebrate, contact the chamber at office at 315-274-9000. Luncheon cost is $15. RSVP by May 4.

The luncheon will also celebrate Milestone Anniversaries of Adirondack Audiology, Gray & Gray CPA, North Country Neighbors, St. Lawrence Gas, Today’s Hair & Day Spa, The Treadmill, Orchestra of NNY, Jreck Subs, Misty Meadows B&B, and NBT Bank.

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