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Celebrating a new retailer

Wednesday, Apr. 16 | By Hannah Dellinger
At right, Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce President Joe Martin chats with visitors inside the new JoS. A. BANK store in Warrenton before the ribbon cutting on Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2014.
Photo by Adam Goings
Members of the Fauquier and Warrenton chambers of commerce gathered to welcome the new Joseph A. Bank store in Warrenton with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon.

The new store is located in the Harris Teeter shopping center in Warrenton.

The retailer opened up shop in Warrenton in October, but waited through the holidays and wintry weather until the spring to have the official grand-opening celebrations. Many Chamber members attended the event decked out in their favorite JoS A. Bank suites and indulged in complementary wine and cheese.

Mark Hickey, the store manager, said he used to work at the Gainesville location before the Warrenton shop opened. He explained that although the Gainesville store may be close, the company believed that there was a need out for another JoS A. Bank to the west.

“The company does a lot of demographic studies,” said Hickey. “Of course a new store has to be so many miles away from other stores. They figured with the Gainesville store, even though it’s fairly close, they’re getting enough business now and there is a need out this way.”

Fauquier Chamber President Joe Martin is happy to see the retailer set up in Warrenton.
“I’ve personally been a client of JoS A. Bank’s for a while and it’s nice to have one right here in our back yard,” he said.

Martin believes that seeing big names like JoS A. Bank show an interest in Fauquier is a great indicator for the local economy.

“I think it’s a very good sign for the Fauquier County and Warrenton community to have signature retail store like this decide to come here,” said Martin. “It’s just a kudos to Warrenton and Fauquier County that we’re able to attract businesses like this.”

Shino Kurian, a member of the Warrenton Chamber and a small business owner, said that while he typically would rather support a locally owned retailer, there is no direct local competition to this corporately-owned store.

“Previously whenever I wanted to buy a suit, I had to go to somewhere else outside of Warrenton,” said Kurian. “Now with this store I can get what I need and keep my tax money in the county.”
He went on to say that having a big name in town makes a standard that small businesses have to learn to keep up with.

“We need to support our local shops and businesses,” said Kurian. “But at the same time this kind of store will give a standard of quality that small businesses will have to live up to.”

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