New owner looks forward to local start

by Vance Gutzman

The new owner of the local Valu-mart franchise is excited about the store’s future, and is looking forward to setting roots in the community. 

“I’ve always dreamed of owning my own store,” Jan Sunstrum told the NRT recently during a break from her busy schedule.vmart jan

Sunstrum took over the helm of Valu-mart in February after having served with Loblaw Companies Limited over the past several years in a number of capacities, including front end labour specialist and training specialist.

And Sunstrum has indeed been busy over the past three months, working hard towards the store’s official re-opening on June 18 when it will be known, appropriately enough, as “Jan’s Valu-mart.”

Sunstrum, who was raised in Brockville, already does have strong roots in this area, with family members hailing from Rapides des Joachims, Chapeau and Pembroke.

She’s been making an arduous daily commute from Nepean and is, naturally, looking forward to driving shorter distances and settling down in this community with her two children.

“I grew up in a small town so I’m really excited to be able to give them that same opportunity,” Sunstrum enthused.

Sunstrum says Valu-mart customers can expect to see a number of special promotions coming down the pike, including Senior’s Day on Wednesdays.

“So far it’s been quite positive,” she says of the reaction from the community.

“I’m looking for customer feedback and I’ve had some good feedback.”

Case in point, when some of customers suggested the price of some milk products was took high, Sunstrum took quick action to lower them.

Sunstrum said she’s also attempting to bring in a few more products to grace the store’s shelves.

Helping Sunstrum along with her busy schedule have been the long-time local employees of Valu-mart themselves.

“The employees here are incredible,” she says.

“They really know their stuff. They’re on top of everything.”