Miramichi Leader KELSEY RAMBARAN
Miramichi (08/21/2014) – People were lined up on the sidewalk for hours, waiting to be among the first to get inside the new Winners, which officially opened up in the Northumberland Square Mall on Thursday, Aug. 21.
The first throng of customers to enter into the store were greeted by the cheering and clapping staff members, who were lined up along the aisles to welcome them to the new store.
In addition to the grand procession of people, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Gerry Cormier, store manager Daniel Anderson, district manager Waleed Jabara and vice president of the Eastern region Michel Dubé.
“I think it’s a great asset to add on to the City of Miramichi. People were needing to go shopping to Moncton and now they have a different location to be able to stop by. There were about 250 people in front of the store so I think it’s going to be amazing for the city, It’s going to drive a lot of people from Bathurst to come down to here,” said Dubé. “I think for everybody else it will be beneficial in that manner. Restaurants and anything else that’s around will get increased traffic because of our presence in Miramichi.”
Mike Hill, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, was among those lined up to enjoy the new store Thursday morning.
“First of all it’s an incredible store. It’s part of a national chain and an international parents company, TJX, so you know it’s going to be a prominent retailer in any community that it enters. It’s just a great way for us to see employers and companies of this magnitude to see Miramichi as a place to do business, so it’s very exciting for all of us,” he said. “Any time you have a discounter likes this that understands how important a price point is, it’s going to be great for people who want to shop on a budget.”
Several customers who were among the first in the store were also pleased to see Winners open.
“I think it’s terrific that we have a new store in Miramichi. We needed it,” said Denine Doucet.
“I think it’s great for the area. It’s great for the economical sense of the area and it brings people in. I think it’s wonderful,” said Kirby Curtis.
The predictions that the new store would bring people in already proved to be true with customers getting up early and coming into town from Tracedie-Sheila.
“We’re very happy we won’t have to go as far as Moncton or some place like that. It’s very nice,” said Karo Brideau. “We left at 7 a.m. to get here to be among the first.”
Even people who were a part of making the new store a reality were there to get in first thing.
“I think it’s actually one of the best things they could have happen around here. I worked here during the construction as a security guard and I think since Giant Tiger came here now there’s going to be a lot of competition,” said Lester Savoy. “I think it’s a big boom for here.”