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Shawn S. Dionne, Executive Vice President, has amassed 21 years of executive level start-up experience in retail, communications, Internet technology, and multi-media industries.During his career he has managed and operated several companies and is a visionary in marketing and product design.In the early 1990.s he demonstrated that vision creating Ticket Channel National Ticket Network, Inc., which was sought after and acquired by Home Shopping Network.Most recently he created and helped launch an electronic concierge system for use in the hospitality industry and a web based local search engine that derived revenues from the sale of advertising and retail goods.Shawn.s competency and business acumen has rewarded investors over the years with very desirable returns on investment (ROI).He is a founder of Madison Avenue.
The décor and ambiance will make that space feel more like comfortable room settings, according to Madison Avenue president Shawn Dionne."We're acquiring quality pre-owned clothing but will have lots of new as well.The same goes for furniture, rugs, artwork and room appointments.It will have a fun atmosphere, to go along with the quality of goods, but the prices will be the most attractive thing customers will see," he said.The resale industry continues to post impressive gains as more shoppers see it as an attractive alternative to higher-priced chain stores.Dionne heads a management team consisting of Scott Taylor, Randy Smith, and Roy Maul.
said that Madison Avenue
will be distinct in the Salem marketplace."At one end of the spectrum, you have the larger thrift stores.At the other end, you have the small boutique shops.Madison Avenue
will have the quality and the feel of the boutique experience, but the size and prices that will rival the thrifts.""Two things that the customer will want to know about us," Dionne
added."First, we will immediately begin to take donated as well as consignment goods."Besides clothing, the store will take accessories, women's shoes, furniture, electronics, home décor, music, books and sporting goods.The store has an equally large basement retail area where added bargains will extend wall to wall.The company has a website, too, which is functional but will undergo further development."This is our flagship store," he
continued, "and we anticipate adding additional stores in the Willamette Valley in the near future."Dionne
is working on the store layout and color treatments with architects and designers, some of whom are Salem businesses with experience in new retail openings."The second thing that we're very enthusiastic about is how the company will interact with non-profit service organizations in Salem and Keizer," Dionne
said."In addition to consigned and donated items, we will purchase goods for our store from non-profits.We plan to work with organizations that are providing crucial services in our city, including churches and other organizations involved in transitional housing, employment training, counseling, treatment and other key areas," he
said."Working with these non-profits will mean a major new source of sustainable revenue for them," he
added."Through cooperation, the company anticipates providing about $120,000 a year towards non-profit organizations.This kind of store gives us a unique opportunity to directly benefit the work being done for improving community health.Government cannot support all the needs of society, and I believe we as business people can be part of the support and the creative solutions."The store is slated to open in late May, Dionne
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Shawn Dionne, executive Vice President of Madison Avenue, said they are optimistic about this move for several reasons.
At the Liberty Street store, new ...
At the Liberty Street store, new designer clothing, "gently used" and consigned goods (accessories, jewelry, etc.) will mix into a trendy, appealing mélange for the cost-conscious, upscale shopper, according to one of the founders and Executive VP, Shawn Dionne."Likewise, it will appeal to teens and young professionals, sporting brands like DKNY, Juicy Couture and 575 Jeans," he said.
"The estate liquidator store features big stuff, old stuff, weird and retro stuff - everything from furniture to collectibles," Dionne
has a business development history that includes retail, family entertainment centers and telecommunications.
The store's new designer clothing, used and consigned goods will appeal to cost-conscious and upscale shoppers, said Shawn Dionne, the company's executive vice president.Madison Avenue had intended to open a store in a much larger space across the street, but those plans fell through earlier this year.Madison Avenue also recently has opened a 5,000-square-foot store at 1805 Silverton Road NE in Salem.The former location of A.L. Gibbs Estate Liquidators now is Madison Avenue Estate Liquidators."The estate liquidator store features big stuff, old stuff, weird and retro stuff -- everything from furniture to collectibles," Dionne said.