August 15, 2014
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Buddy Banana, right, welcomes customers to an Aug. 8 customer appreciation event at BI-LO store No. 5097 in Seneca, S.C. ​

Rain or shine, customers are loyal to BI-LO Store No. 5097 in Seneca, S.C. Members of the community came out Aug. 8 to enjoy a store event, despite a rain shower passing over.

The event brought together the tenants of BI-LO Plaza, where the store is located, as well as local organizations, to put on a special day celebrating customers.

“We all teamed up because we felt it was important to take a day to do something special for our customers,” said Adrian Doker, store director at Store No. 5097. “Their loyalty is what allows us keep our businesses running.”

The Plaza was filled with excitement, as all ages partook in a variety of activities. Kids jumped in line to get their faces painted. They also played in a bounce house, got blow-up characters from a balloon artist and interacted with Buddy Banana.

BI-LO associates grilled hot dogs and ran a sidewalk sale featuring seasonal merchandise.

Nearby businesses entertained customers as well. Lowes set up an exhibit with tools, and Cash America conducted a raffle. Great Clips demonstrated some hair styling skills, and Seneca’s fire department talked about fire safety.

The meaning of “community” came full circle when the band that BI-LO booked couldn’t perform due to the weather, so three members of a music club stepped up to play live music during the event.

“This event truly helped us strengthen the store’s relationship with neighboring businesses,” said Doker. “And, best of all, our customers had a great time at the event, which is all we could ask for.”

Photos: BI-LO Store No. 5097 associates and the Seneca community enjoy a special day together.

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