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What began as Playhouse Project Spokane last year has morphed into the Building Dreams – Bright Futures for Our Kids campaign, but the fundraiser still has the same goal: to raise money for youth programs at West Central Community Center, Peaceful Valley Community Center and Northeast Youth Center. Playhouse Project Spokane raised $48,344 last year by auctioning off imaginative and fanciful playhouses built and donated by members of the Spokane Home Builders Association.
Many grocery stores getting ready to sell liquor starting June 1 are spending thousands of dollars to prevent theft and secure their new inventory from walking out the door. Rosauers Supermarkets will spend close to $20,000 at each of its 13 state stores to install additional video cameras, security caps on bottles, redesigned shelves and back-of-store cases to lock away inventory. That investment is meant to protect and deter theft of a high-priced item that Rosauers and every other private retailer has never carried before in Washington.
In this fifth installment of "Wise Words in Troubled Times," Rosauers president and CEO, Jeff Philipps, talks about the company's year of counterintuitive, wise decisions.
During the worst economy since the Great Depression, during the worst Spokane winter in decades, the roof fell in Dec. 29 at the Rosauers at Five Mile. The practical thing to do, from a financial standpoint, would have been to lay off that store’s 120 employees during the four-month roof repair project. After all, companies throughout the Inland Northwest were shedding employees every day.
When the roof collapsed on Rosauers’ Five Mile location under a heavy load of snow, nobody was seriously hurt. The store was so damaged it had to close, but rather than sending people home, all the employees were transferred to other stores and kept on the payroll. Rebuilding is in full swing, and Jeff Philipps, president and CEO of Rosauers, said it’s been an insanely busy time.