Our 50th Birthday Celebrations
Saturday the 21st September, we celebrated Ardkeen Quality Food Store’s 50th birthday! There had been much discussion about how we were going to celebrate this milestone and preparations had been ongoing for weeks. We had decided to have an open day for customers with lots of our craft suppliers, along with a barbeque, some music and family entertainment. But would anybody show up?
Well the place was thronged all day! It felt like the whole community came to be part of the celebrations. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised: Ardkeen has always been more than just a shop – for the past 50 years it has been the epicentre of the community. Over the years, thousands of customers have come to know every corner; literally hundreds of people have gained their first job here and of course hundreds more have earned a livelihood. For many small scale food producers, Ardkeen was their first customer
Ardkeen is all about community. It’s like there is an interdependence between our customers, staff and suppliers, where each one gains from the other.
It was fantastic to see so many people there and so many of our “old” customers, who have been with us for many years, as well as past members of staff. It seemed that people had intended to drop in for half an hour and ended up staying for 3 or 4!
That night the band played ‘til late as the staff kicked up their heels and partied into Sunday! What a memorable day!