AGAWAM – A staple stop in town has turned 20 years old.
Goodies Convenience Store celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1995 opening on Nov. 20 with Mayor Richard Cohen, state Sen. Don Humason, Philip Kleinbold of state Rep. Nick Boldyga’s office, Planning and Community Development Director Marc Strange and City Clerk Richard Theroux.
Marc Cornelius, owner of Goodies, said the community has helped keep his business thriving.
“I didn’t really know I’d do this well,” he said. “We’re really well known in the community here. When we opened up, we hoped for the best, and we got even better than that.”
Regular customers came through, congratulating Cornelius and his wife Michele and had a chance to enjoy free coffee and win raffle prizes every hour.
He said since he opened up, Goodies has changed. Since the decline of tobacco, Cornelius said Goodies shifted from relying on those sales to more food services, including a deli.
Cohen said it is always great to see a local business succeed.
“I think the economy is based on local businesses,” he said. “People support local business. It’s a great example of what hard work, dedication and devotion to a business can mean. It’s a friendly place and a great store in a great location.”
Humason said that thriving in any community for two decades is a feat worth celebrating.
“Twenty years of business for any business is great,” he said. “You couldn’t be successful in the community if you weren’t trustworthy and if you didn’t have a good product.”
Cornelius and his family have worked hard to get to this point, he said, but the support he has received along the way has helped.
“The community has been just great, just the support. We have so many people that come in every single day. They support us,” Cornelius said. “If it weren’t for the support of our everyday customers, we wouldn’t be here.”