|By Al Owens
Ron and Lena Stamper,
owners of Ron's Food World, have announced that the store locations in Vanceburg and
Tollesboro are now officially Ron's IGA.
They plan to hold a grand opening in August after the remodeling and redecorating now
in progress is completed.
Local manager Peggy Hester said that the change was taking place so the store could
better achieve its goal of serving and always taking care of its customers.
Hester said, "Were doing new decorating with a cleaner, fresher
She added that the business wants to be updated, to have the best products and to
position itself to have everything available that the customers always need.
Both she and Ron Stamper said that this move has been under consideration for a couple
Stamper said that he had hoped to open the first of August in time for the grocery
chain's Kid's Fest Promotion but delays will necessitate opening a little later in August.
He added that the store, however, would still take part in Kid's Fest.
That promotion is regional with about 100 stores involved and features drawings for all
kinds of giveaways including a trip to Disney World.
Stamper affirmed that the promotion is all about the kids.
Hester said that the store would be giving away lots of lunch boxes with school
supplies like notebooks and pencils inside, gift certificates and also a trip to Space
Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
IGA has some advantages for the business. The chain has a governing board that will
come in and see that the local store is doing everything it can do to be first in line
with the freshest products, meet all the State Health Department's standards and just
oversee the business.
Hester mentioned that with an advertising board the store could have more advertising
power and do more radio ads and even have some TV commercials.
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Ron Stamper and Peggy Hester explained last week why
Ron's Food World is changing to Ron's IGA in August.
The Shannon Holland Construction Company from Cincinnati is doing the redecorating.
Ironically two of their employees working at the store, Carl Marshall and Jeff Logan, are
from Garrison. Holland is subcontracted to America Store Fixtures.
IGA's motto is "Hometown proud supermarkets around the corner, around the
Stamper pointed out that IGA is the only grocery chain in the USA that is national. It
is also international with about 2,000 stores in other countries including some overseas.
Stamper received his certificate of license from IGA last week.
He said that the Chairman and CEO of IGA is Dr. Thomas Haggai, an ordained minister out
of South Carolina. Haggai is noted for a brief radio program with a thought for the day
that has been aired for some time. It may be put on radio locally.
A grand opening is planned, and Hester encourages the community to look for the ads
promoting that event.