POTSDAM -- Potsdam Save-A-Lot has been named the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year.
The award will be presented at the chamber’s spring luncheon May 9 at the Potsdam Town and Country Club.
The grocery and variety store has been a mainstay of the Outer Market area for 12 years. The store recently completed a remodeling, which was one element in a Save A Lot’s nomination.
“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,” said 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.”
Also praised in the nomination was Save A Lot’s produce and meat departments. Proulx was appreciative of the 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,” Proulx said. “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 complement to our meat and produce staff.”
He said he can offer prices well below the market “through great efficiencies starting with our wholesaler, combined with the buying power of over 1500 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.”
Proulx was cited for the importance he places on 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.” 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.
Proulx credited his employees with “commitment and dedication to the store.”
His team includes Director of Store Operations John Shaughnessy, Store Manager Rich Finnerty, Front End Supervisor Brandie Smith, Meat Manager Nate White, First Cutter Tom Griffin, Produce Manger Tim Gilbert, Glenn Griggs, Rob Bovay, Jack Townsend, Richard Peters, and Harold Deshane, Floor Care.
If you wish to attend the May 9 luncheon, contact the chamber at 274-9000. Price 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.