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Keeseville grocery store to open on St. Patrick's Day

Bourgeois IGA, located in the former Tops Store building, will have its grand opening on Saturday, March 17. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon. Its been almost a year since Tops closed, and residents of the Keeseville area have been forced to travel to purchase their groceries. As of next Saturday, theyll have the option of shopping locally. Owner Bruce Bourgeois has been renovating the building, and is preparing to open his doors. Twenty-seven people have been hired to staff the new independent store, including 11 full-timers. The store will be open every day from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. The full-line grocery will carry fresh produce, meat and have a deli. Bourgeois said the store would always be well-stocked and goods would be competitively priced. A carry-out service will be included. Most important, Bourgeois explained, will be a focus on customer service. A home-delivery service may be added in the future. Bourgeois said that he hoped to buy as many local products as possible. He aims to keep the business focused on the Keeseville community, and use local contractors whenever possible. In the near future, the store will be certified to accept WIC and Food Stamps. Bourgeois said the store had been supported by local politicians Mark Whitney, Gerald Morrow and Sandra Senecal. He said their discretion had helped make it possible for him to purchase and open the store. Its a big step in the revitalization of our downtown, said Keeseville Mayor Mark Whitney. The grocery store has been the traditional anchor of the downtown Keeseville business district. Whitney said that Bourgeois, as a member of the Keeseville community, was an ideal fit. He added that Keeseville community members needed to frequent the store to support the business. We want to be the focal point in the town. We really want to give back to the community as much as the community gives to us, said Bourgeois.

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