Recently, Kid to Kid in Bossier City, Louisiana won the national award for Kid to Kid Grand Opening of the Year. Recognized for this achievement at the company’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, franchisee Shannon Linton drew from her experience of opening an Uptown Cheapskate store to make this kickoff a strong success.
“Having already opened an Uptown Cheapskate helped me,” Linton explained. “I learned from that experience and I had a great deal of help from others. We had our full staff there, complete with a ribbon cutting by the mayor and a big event for the community.”
The Grand Opening event also included face painting, grilled cheese sandwiches provided by a local restaurant, and appearances by Despicable Me characters to entertain guests and their families.
“The most rewarding aspect of this award is that we are in a small town,” said Linton. “I feel like we are really contributing to our community. We employ 50 people between our Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid stores. We are also contributing through the recycling and donating of the clothing that comes to our locations.”
The new Kid to Kid store in Bossier City holds almost 12,000 square feet of inventory. The store buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear, and donates items it does not sell to local charities. Said Linton, “We’re not in a really large town, but we get lots of recognition for being the go-to shopping place for kid’s items.”