In some ways, today’s grand opening for Henry’s Farmers Market was like a wedding – you know, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The “something old” is Henry’s itself, which has been in Santee since 1996. The “something new” is the fantastic new store – all 27,000 square feet of it. I suppose the “something borrowed” could include the Chamber of Commerce green ribbon and giant scissors that have seen many grand openings around town. And the “something blue”? That would be the die hard Henry’s fans, some of whom lined up beginning at 5:00 AM to be among the first in the new store (and pick up one of the 100 goody bags being handed out) – and this in spite of the below 50 degree temperatures. So congratulations to Henry’s and Santee – may the love never end.
A big winner today was Father Joe’s Villages and St. Vincent de Paul. Henry’s matched pre-tax sales for all items purchased for its Grab & Give Food Drive. Father Joe Carroll himself was there for the festivities, along with several local dignitaries, including Mayor Randy Voepel, Councilman Brian Jones, and Miss Santee, Heather DePriest.
Here are a few pictures of the fun.
Father Joe Carroll, Miss Santee Heather DePriest, Councilman Brian Jones, Mayor Randy Voepel
Early Birds lined up beginning at 5:00 AM
Before the Crush – Last-minute activity inside Henry’s
Mayor Randy Voepel and Father Joe Carroll spoke before the grand opening
Henry’s Nutritionist and Spokesperson Janet Little was MC for the event
Even with half the people waiting already inside, the line still stretched down the length of the center
Cutting the Ribbon
Saluting the Flag – The Star Spangled Banner
The first customer at the new Henry’s
I have to tell you, one of the things I’m most excited about is the new Gluten-Free section with an even larger selection of products. For those of you who don’t know, there is a condition called Celiac Disease which is an inability of the body to process gluten, which is found in wheat and some other grains. My daughter has this problem, and finding common foods like breads and cereals can be difficult. In the past, with my older daughter, it was nearly impossible. Now Henry’s has taken another step forward in providing choices to people with this problem, and I thank them
One last “shout out” needs to go to the man who took me up in the “cherry picker” so I could get some good photos for this blog. Thanks to Bryan Metzger, who was the superintendent of the Henry’s project for Centre Builders. Good job, Bryan and Centre Builders – the place looks great!