Lundeen celebrates a century in businessPublished 11:21am Monday, April 28, 2014 Updated 11:25am Monday, April 28, 2014
Buzz Lundeen has been doing some serious reflection over the past several weeks.
Given the amount of time he has to look back on, that is not surprising at all.
The Victor Lundeen Company, whose retail store at 126 W. Lincoln Ave. offers a mix of cards, books and office products, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week. There is a storewide 15 percent off sale, with other items going for half off the regular price.
There has been plenty of anticipation about the anniversary amongst the store’s employees, according to Lundeen.
“Everybody is excited about it,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of wearable, so we’re showing off our age a little bit.”
Lundeen’s father Victor opened the store when he was just 15 years old. Buzz has been with the store for more than 50 years
and had the chance to work with his father, memories he treasures to this day.
Now, Buzz works each day with his son Paul, who serves as the company treasurer. This is truly a family business.
But it is not just the Lundeens who have made the company what it is today, according to Buzz. This week’s celebration is as much for the other workers as it is for the Lundeen family.
“I think our employees are the biggest factor,” he said. “They are the nuts and bolts of the business.”
Along with the week-long sales, there will be a few in-store demonstrations, including a scarf-tying event today. Cookies and lemonade will be available each day for shoppers, and customers who buy at least $10 worth of items will receive a gift with their purchase, Lundeen said.
As part of the preparation for this week, Lundeen has been going through old files and records from the store’s 100 years. He has found many decades-old items, including some original job tickets.
Store officials are planning on putting out a commemorative book to celebrate the anniversary. Lundeen is not sure of when or how the book will be released, but he said it has been a fun project to put together.
More than anything, Lundeen said, he appreciates all the customers who have come through the doors over the last century, and he looks forward to serving people for years to come.
“We like to think if they do buy from us, they’re going to find experience is on our side and their side,” he said.
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