Saturday, October 20 was a busy day for staff at Valu Plus Foods in Keremeos as the merchant hosted a 40th anniversary celebration.
Four hundred pancake breakfasts were served up in the parking lot as the celebration got under way at 8 a.m. The weather, although spotty at times through the day, was pleasant enough to attract a good turnout throughout the day.
Grimms Meats hosted a hot dog lunch that attracted roughly an equal number of participants. Inside the grocery store, a number of specials brought throngs of people throughout the day. At 3 p.m., a huge anniversary cake was also presented for customers. to enjoy a slice.
“Just when I thought I had seen everyone in town, someone else would show up,” said store manager Shannon Forner. “Our staff are exhausted,” she laughed as the closing hour approached on Saturday. Empty shelves stood in testament to the labours of the day.
“We’ve had a fantastic day – it seems as though everyone has been here today.”
Customers also had a chance to “spin to win” a number of prizes, including a Vancouver Canucks hockey package, an Ipad 2, free groceries for a year, and a Robert Bateman print.