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Wise County Messenger Online

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To run the new store, the community hired Dan Leoni, manager of the now-closed Penney's and a man with 36 years experience in the business.According to Leoni, one of the main reasons for Penney's closure was the fact that too many business decisions were made not by the folks on the ground, but at company headquarters.Such centralized control, he said, leads to a "cookie-cutter approach" that does not work well for small, rural stores - a situation thrust on such places time and time again by governments and corporations far removed from local reality.

As a result, his little Ely location was forced to buy too much inventory and then sell the excess at huge discounts just to get rid of it.Under that kind of system, the store simply couldn't make a profit.
Now that Leoni is free to make decisions based on local market conditions, things are looking up.While his total volume of business is less now than it was with Penney's, he carries only two-thirds of the inventory.
"That means we can make money," Leoni said.
And they are.According to Leoni, business has been excellent, beating early projections.
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Finally, Leoni and his bosses (half the town owns the store, he said) have gone to great lengths to dress the place up.They renovated the store's façade and redecorated the inside.JC Penney, to its credit, donated all the old fixtures and racks - a $30,000 to $40,000 gift.
The new store, said Leoni, is beautiful.Even more important, however, is what it all means to the community.
"It's a source of pride," he added."We're the little town that could."


Global Gaming Expo draws record crowd again

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Dan Leoni of Ely has been hired as general manager by the Community Owned Mercantile Project Inc.Board.Leoni called the mercantile "a great opportunity for our town."


To run the new store, the ...

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To run the new store, the community hired Dan Leoni, manager of the now-closed Penney's and a man with 36 years experience in the business.According to Leoni, one of the main reasons for Penney's closure was the fact that too many business decisions were made not by the folks on the ground, but at company headquarters.Such centralized control, he says, leads to a "cookie-cutter approach" that does not work well for small, rural stores--a situation thrust on small rural towns time and time again by governments and corporations far removed from local reality.

As a result, his little Ely location was forced to buy too much inventory and then sell the excess at huge discounts just to get rid of it.Under that kind of system, the store simply couldn't make a profit.
Now that Leoni is free to make decisions based on local market conditions, things are looking up.While his total volume of business is less now than it was with Penney's, he carries only two-thirds of the inventory.
"That means we can make money," Leoni says.
And they are.According to Leoni, business has been excellent, beating early projections.
...
Finally, Leoni and his bosses (half the town owns the store, he says) have taken great lengths to dress the place up.They renovated the store's façade and redecorated the inside.JC Penney, to its credit, donated all the old fixtures and racks-a $30,000 to $40,000 gift.
The new store, says Leoni, is beautiful.Even more important, however, is what it all means to the community."It's a source of pride," he says."We're the little town that could."


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To run the new store, the community hired Dan Leoni, manager of the now-closed Penney's and a man with 36 years experience in the business.According to Leoni, one of the main reasons for Penney's closure was the fact that too many business decisions were made not by the folks on the ground, but at company headquarters.Such centralized control, he says, leads to a "cookie-cutter approach" that does not work well for small, rural stores--a situation thrust on such places time and time again by governments and corporations far removed from local reality.

As a result, his little Ely location was forced to buy too much inventory and then sell the excess at huge discounts just to get rid of it.Under that kind of system, the store simply couldn't make a profit.
Now that Leoni is free to make decisions based on local market conditions, things are looking up.While his total volume of business is less now than it was with Penney's, he carries only two-thirds of the inventory.
"That means we can make money," Leoni says.
And they are.According to Leoni, business has been excellent, beating early projections.
...
Finally, Leoni and his bosses (half the town owns the store, he says) have gone to great lengths to dress the place up.They renovated the store's façade and redecorated the inside.JC Penney, to its credit, donated all the old fixtures and racks-a $30,000 to $40,000 gift.
The new store, says Leoni, is beautiful.Even more important, however, is what it all means to the community."It's a source of pride," he says."We're the little town that could."


Manager hired for Ely’s new mercantile project

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Dan Leoni of Ely has been hired as general manager by the Community Owned Mercantile Project Inc., Board President Phil Leibold announced.

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"Leoni was selected from among a number of candidates who applied for the job from as far away as San Diego," Leibold said.
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Leoni called the mercantile "a great opportunity for our town."
"We are starting with a fresh slate and can shape the store to meet the area's particular needs," he said.
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"We will be looking for people who want to work in our store and who truly enjoy serving people," Leoni said.

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