The Grand Opening of the Red Apple Store in Petawawa was held on Aug. 13. The ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by District Manager Barry Greer, President and CEO Clinton Wolff, Petawawa Councillors James Carmody and Murray Rutz, and Store Manager Shawn Gardner. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

New name, new look: Red Apple celebrates grand opening in Petawawa

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Within moments of the Red Apple store’s Grand Opening in Petawawa, it was already full of excited customers checking out the new layout and wares. “It is incredible,” said Store Manager Shawn Gardner. “Such a good turnout.”

The former Bargain! Shop has received a makeover and new name, and was given a celebration worthy of its new brand.

Though Gardner is pleased at seeing so many people, he wasn’t surprised. Residents of Petawawa have been very supportive of the Bargain! Shop for the past 15 years, and that wouldn’t change because of its new name, he said.

There is more to the store than just a new name, however, confirmed President and CEO Clinton Wolff. The layout is modern, and more accessible. There are new fixtures, lighting and products, including the new Candy Works Department. “This is something that is unique to the Red Apple concept,” said Wolff, adding it adds a bit of excitement to small towns across the nation that wouldn’t necessarily have a candy store.

The conversion process has been occurring over the past four weeks, leading up to the ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 13. “The store employees have done an incredible job,” said Wolff. “They did almost all of it by themselves. It is amazing.”

Feedback over the look and extended product line has already been phenomenal, confirmed Gardner.

As part of the celebrations, the store was giving out free gift certificates and laundry baskets for the first 100 people to enter. These were quickly gone with the sheer volume of clientele. Yet there were still many goodies for customers to enjoy such as free cake and face painting, a photo-op with the store’s mascot, incredible sales as well as a draw for $250.

“We are just really excited to be able to create an event like this,” said Wolff.