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This past weekend, we had temperatures in the upper 50’s and not a cloud in the sky! This incredible weather, coupled with the end of February, signals the official kick off to the swimming pool season in Memphis. Now is the time to start thinking about removing those dreadful winter covers and getting the pool fired up! At Memphis Pool, we’re ready to do our part. For the month of March, we are offering our customers the chance to stock up on pool supplies. We want to reward you for choosing Memphis Pool! We are offering a promotion with our own Pool Baron brand of swimming pool supplies.
For the entire month of March, for each chemical purchase that totals at least $150, we’re giving away
Many of you may have noticed that #ShopLocal campaigns are popping up all over the country. Undoubtedly, the encroachment of mass retailers and online discount sites have taken its toll on local businesses in the last 10 years. Memphis Pool has felt the effects with our customers and we get it. Even I have an Amazon Prime account. What I have noticed, however, is that there is value in doing business locally. Not only does shopping local keep tax revenue in our communities and help prop up local business owners, but it reinforces a sense of community that we’ve been missing in recent years.
Example – I used to go to Lowes to buy my family’s Christmas tree, and about 5 years ago, I found myself wandering their lot not satisfied with the customer service I was receiving. So, I packed my family back up in the truck, and we sought out a local vendor. What I stumbled upon was a place, so unique, that I have returned there the last 5 Christmas’s to purchase our family tree. From the outside looking in, Country Gardens seemed like any other Christmas tree lot. After spending a few minutes on this lot, it was obvious that they operate in another retail dimension. Not only did they have Christmas trees, but they also sell locally crafted Christmas ornaments. Walking around the lot, we were routinely checked on by various employees offering us free hot chocolate, wassail, and fudge. We soon found out that if we bring our tree mounting stand with us, the Country Gardens staff will mount the tree on our stand and ensure that it is not leaning! Genius!! Additionally, before wrapping the tree up and tying it to the truck for me, they trimmed the tree and made a wreath out of the trimmings! Talk about service! Although I usually pay about $25.00 more at Country Gardens for a comparable tree, the experience is more than worth the money. I happily go back every year, and I gladly tell as many people as I can about Country Gardens.
In addition to the Christmas tree lot, I have found another retail experience that overpowers my joy of seeing a newly delivered package from Amazon on my doorstep. My kids, Kaleb and Kaitlyn, are 2 unique individuals that share a love for comic books, and their favorite place to find comics used to be Amazon. Last year, Amazon was knocked from its perch in favor of a local comic book retailer, 20 miles from our house, which charges almost 3 times what we COULD pay for comic books on the internet. Jupiter Comics’s profitability is seemingly a mystery in modern-day retailing. Within the first few minutes of our visit, it was obvious how they were successful. Like most comic book stores, Jupiter has racks and racks loaded with comic books. It also has old school style video game machines like the ones you used to play in arcades. At Jupiter Comics though, the arcade style games are free AND you are encouraged to flip through to read the comic books. They also have “watch parties” for all the popular TV shows and movies. And though Kaleb isn’t quite old enough yet, my son is eagerly counting down the days until he can go to Jupiter Comics and watch his favorite super hero shows with other like-minded friends. Jupiter Comics has a café with tables, which are usually in use by a group of kids (and adults too) playing board games, card games, or even just reading comic books. There are creative decorations displayed throughout their retail showroom, and the neat thing is, all of the decorations are for sale. The staff not only know my kids, but they also know what their favorite comics are. Jupiter Comics also has a program, where they will hold your favorite comics in a secure spot, and notify you each time a new edition comes out. At the end of the day, I drive 20 minutes out of my way to spend more money on a product that I can easily purchase online for a fraction of the cost. The point here is that the experience I receive from doing business with both Country Gardens and Jupiter Comics exceeds the lower price incentive from the internet.
In an effort to keep pace with current retail practices, we at Memphis Pool are doubling down on our effort to provide a superior experience for you. We have recently updated the look inside our stores, and will soon be launching new products in categories we haven’t carried……ever! We are constantly looking for new products and feedback to make your experience more enjoyable. We strive to please you and want to make shopping with us so pleasant, that you wouldn’t ever consider getting your swimming pool supplies anywhere else. If you haven’t been in our stores for a while, please stop on in and give us another try. And while you are in one of our retail stores, don’t forget to fill out an entry form to win a K2 Cooler! We will be giving away 1 cooler a month for the entire year. No purchases are necessary to enter the drawing, but why not shop local and save money while doing so?