Walgreens Store Manager Goes on Local Buying Spree
Locavores in the Crescent City,
CA area are able to get some satisfaction buying from a big, old national
to Jon Parmentier,
a store manager at a local Walgreens, corporate management has given him
some dollars and the green light to pick up locally produced goods.
been a lot of talk about buying local,” Mr. Parmentier told The
Triplicate. “Here at Walgreens, I’ve gone on a binge and bought
a lot of local stuff.”
the local items sold at the Crescent City Walgreens are postcards by Barbara
Bono; Allen Justice Photography 5×7 notecards;
Elk Prairie goat’s milk soap; Organic Essence lip balm; Jed Smith Redwood
Burl Company wood carvings; Two Sisters and Such jelly; Sacred Grounds
Coffee and books from local authors.
local goods have all been placed at the front of the store to make them
easy to find and a different item is featured each week. Business
for the locally produced items have been good, according to Mr. Parmentier. “I’m
finding that much of it is appealing to both locals … but also to tourists
coming through,” he said.
Would you recommend local sourcing for large chain retailers? Are store
managers best suited to be the buyer of those goods?