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Cascade of Products At New Outlet StoreBy Susan Bush
12:00AM / Thursday, March 23, 2006
Clarksburg - What was a much anticipated yearly shopping spree may now be a weekly treat for area teachers, pre-school and day care instructors, and those who use office, school, and art supplies.
|Cascade School Supply company President Douglas Newport|
A Cascade School Supplies company annual "tag sale" has been discontinued in favor of a year-round outlet store opened at the former Strong-Hewat Mill on River Road. The site opened for business on March 23 and the company plans to operate the multi-room shopping space from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs.-Fri, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The store will be open on March 24 but will not open on March 25.
The standard operating hours are expected to launch next week, said company President Douglas Newport.
Outlet store employee Ann Shutters arranges a display of stickers at the Clarksburg-based store.
"I think this will be better for the customers and for us," Newport said of the store opening. "We'll be running the store two-and-a half days a week."
The yearly tag sale was a successful means of ridding the company of overstocked, returned, or discontinued items, but there was a drawback to a once-a-year, wide-scale event, Newport said.
"We would start putting it together in January and it would take two months to get it all together and ready," he said of the sale preparations. "And once the sale was over, we'd have to tear everything down so that we could start shipping [orders from customers] again. I'm very happy with the outlet and the opportunity the outlet gives us. Before the store, we had four days to sell items, and if they didn't sell, they didn't sell."
The store hosts several rooms of merchandise including metal filing cabinets, locking door cabinets, and freestanding multi-shelf units that are priced at under $100.
There are plenty of office and schoolroom supplies lining the store shelves, including a variety of staplers, tape dispensers, pencil bundles, gel ink, felt-tip and other styles of pens, "classpacks" of colored markers, tempera paints, stickers, scissors, art supplies, books, paint-by-number sets, craft kits, and more. The prices are very competitive; a floor-standing double-sided child's easel was priced at under $40.
The outlet store offers a generous selection of educational or creative project books.
The entire store space will house for-sale items three seasons each year, with the largest section of the space set to be used as a warehouse for Cascade products during the summer months, Newport said.
The company headquarters are situated on Brown Street in North Adams.
The outlet space had been leased from local businessman Michael Meehan. The property was sold to Clarksburg Realty, which is owned by descendants of Cascade founder Robert Wells. Clarksburg Realty purchased the property in February for $410,445. The school supply firm is owned by Wells' children William Wells and Jane Molloy.
The store's stock is suited for many needs but may be especially beneficial to teachers and those with home offices or starting small businesses, Newport said.
"From a teacher's point of view, this is good stuff," Newport said. "We'll continue to stock the items that teachers buy. There are items here that are discontinued items, but some people need these things. A lot of this stuff is the kind of stuff that if you can use it, it's good to you."
Outlet store walls and shelves are well-stocked with a variety of overstock, or returned or discontinued items.
The Cascade Outlet Store accepts specific credit cards, purchase orders, and local checks.
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