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After 5 years, INSTORE’s still smokin’ ? I’m not

AN ADMISSION: this is a little bit of weird month for me. A recent physical examination confirmed to me that over the past few years I’ve spent a little too much time being a chain-smoking, keyboard-hovering magazine nerd and not quite enough time looking after my health. So I gave up cigarettes a few weeks ago and while, physically, I feel great (incredibly, astoundingly, mind-blowingly great!), mentally, I’m finding that when requesting any word longer than three syllables from my brain, my mind instantly crosses its arms and taps one foot, waiting for a cigarette. 

Which won’t ever be coming again.  

So instead of the sage, suave, charmingly-thankful-yet-humble words with which I had intended to introduce our latest award (see Page 12) and this semi-milestone issue (hey, we’ve been at this for five whole years, people!), you’ll be getting something a bit different and probably much less articulate.  

Basically, I’d just like to thank all of you for being such an important part of something pretty special. I’ve worked in a lot of places and positions in my career ? but I’ve never worked on a publication that has the kind of relationship with its readers that INSTORE does.  

You guys aren’t merely our fans and supporters. You’re also this publication’s most important contributors and its primary inspiration. (Imagine my voice descending to a dramatic whisper at this point.) The fact is, you are this publication. And this publication is you ? or at the very least, the very best approximation of your desires and dreams we can muster. Let’s celebrate together! 

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Wishing you the very best business …

David Squires  
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher  
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Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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Kicking Butts

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After 5 years, INSTORE’s still smokin’ ? I’m not

AN ADMISSION: this is a little bit of weird month for me. A recent physical examination confirmed to me that over the past few years I’ve spent a little too much time being a chain-smoking, keyboard-hovering magazine nerd and not quite enough time looking after my health. So I gave up cigarettes a few weeks ago and while, physically, I feel great (incredibly, astoundingly, mind-blowingly great!), mentally, I’m finding that when requesting any word longer than three syllables from my brain, my mind instantly crosses its arms and taps one foot, waiting for a cigarette. 

Which won’t ever be coming again.  

So instead of the sage, suave, charmingly-thankful-yet-humble words with which I had intended to introduce our latest award (see Page 12) and this semi-milestone issue (hey, we’ve been at this for five whole years, people!), you’ll be getting something a bit different and probably much less articulate.  

Basically, I’d just like to thank all of you for being such an important part of something pretty special. I’ve worked in a lot of places and positions in my career ? but I’ve never worked on a publication that has the kind of relationship with its readers that INSTORE does.  

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You guys aren’t merely our fans and supporters. You’re also this publication’s most important contributors and its primary inspiration. (Imagine my voice descending to a dramatic whisper at this point.) The fact is, you are this publication. And this publication is you ? or at the very least, the very best approximation of your desires and dreams we can muster. Let’s celebrate together! 

Wishing you the very best business …

David Squires  
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher  
Click here

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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