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Shaw’s Reopens Vermont Store Damaged by Irene

After being severely damaged by flooding following Tropical Storm Irene last year, Shaw’s celebrated the grand reopening of its store in Ludlow, Vt., on Jan. 27. The store is located at 213 Main St.

Shaw’s, a division of Supervalu, took the opportunity to enhance the store as it repaired the damage the store sustained. It expanded the store to 19,000 s.f., upgrading equipment and adding to offerings in several categories, including produce, seafood and local Vermont products.

“We are excited to reopen the doors of what is essentially a brand new Shaw’s for our loyal customers and the Ludlow community,” said Shaw’s President Mike Stigers. “Everything customers see in the new store—from the floors to the ceiling—is brand new, and Shaw’s is proud to have completed the renovations and improvements in order to reopen the store in just over four months.”

While storm damage forced the original store closed, the community did not have to go without a grocery store for long. As the only grocery store within 20 miles, Shaw’s opened a temporary store under a tent in the parking lot just a week after the main store closed.

“In one week’s time, we erected a 3,200-s.f. tent designed to provide the basic needs of the community,” said Ludlow Store Director Darren Williams. “Operating as a country store—no scanners, no scales—we were able to offer approximately 700 key product options to the residents of Ludlow. It was truly a triumph over adversity and I am extremely proud and thankful to everyone who not only helped us continue to serve the community, but brought this new store to life.”

“As I’ve traveled around Vermont since Tropical Storm Irene, I have been overwhelmed by the resilience, courage and good will shown by Vermonters,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “The dedication has been no less evident among the residents of Ludlow and associates at Shaw’s. Forced to close the store after it was flooded by Irene, you worked tirelessly to ensure residents had access to a temporary store under a tent in your parking lot. Your hard work made a tremendous difference for your community in their time of need.”

Shaw’s also worked to dispatch more than $70,000 in food and grants to the Vermont Food Bank. In addition, the store ran a scan campaign with the American Red Cross to raise money to support their local relief efforts. Shaw’s customers had the opportunity to make a $1 or $5 donation with Shaw’s agreeing to match the donation. A grand total of nearly $30,000 was raised.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Shaw’s held a special preview open house on the evening of Jan. 26. Shaw’s Vermont District Manager Dennis Dodge joined Stigers, Williams and other Shaw’s executives along with representatives from U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ administrations. As part of the ceremonies, Shaw’s also made a $2,000 donation to Black River Good Neighbor Services.

Shaw’s is one of the oldest continuously operated supermarkets in the United States with its roots dating to 1860. Throughout five New England states, there are 169 store locations employing approximately 21,000 associates. For more information about Shaw’s, visit its new website at: www.shaws.com.

In the photo at top: Ludlow, Vt., residents joined local officials to celebrate the reopening of Shaw’s Supermarket on Main Street on Jan. 27. Marji Graf of the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, right, helped cut the ribbon with Shaw’s President Mike Stigers, center, and local Store Director Darren Williams. (Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Outlook)


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