PLATTSBURGH Sometime in October the North Country Farm and Family Center will be moving to 550 Route 3 and into the former UPS building behind Taylor Rental. The North Country Shopping Center, the stores current location, will be razed to make room for a stadium seating movie theater and, hopefully, several rumored businesses. Store Manager Dorothy Blew says, We are sad to leave where we are. This has been our home for twenty years. We hope our old customers will follow and we hope that we will find some new ones on Upper Cornelia Street.
Dorothy Blew has a right to say she will miss the current location. Shes been employed there since the store opened in 1988. Over the years the Farm and Family Center has expanded its offerings to include hardware, gifts, sporting goods, boots and clothing. Since only the boots and clothing lines will be moved to the new store, theres a huge amount of merchandise on sale at 33% off.
Asked why Farm and Family has thrived all these years in spite of big name competition Dorothy Blew said, Our forte is personal attention. We dont skimp on staff. We always have somebody here to take care of you. The huge square footage store currently has twenty-five employees and as many as forty during the holidays. Mrs. Blew explained, People come to us for selection and customer service. The people who work in our clothing and boot departments give the customer one on one service. If the customer needs two hours, we will give them two hours. Customers also value the stores friendly staff several of whom are long-time employees. Mrs. Blew said customers often stop by just to say hello even when theyre not shopping for something. She added, This is a place where you can come in and talk about family or vacations.