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Community invited to UPS Store, Westside Market grand opening
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A two-for-one grand opening for The UPS Store and Westside Market is set for Thursday, June 18, at 5523 10th.

Both entities are part of the Sunflower Diversified Services family. The non-profit agency serves children and adults with special needs.

The grand opening begins with a 10 a.m. Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. Refreshments, balloons for children and a drawing for two door prizes will be available until 6 p.m.

In addition, Screwloose BBQ will sell lunch, beginning at 11 a.m., and Scott Donovan will host a live Eagle Radio remote from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We wanted to have a little of something for everyone,” said Debbie McCormick, Sunflower director of marketing. “The community is encouraged to come out and see our great UPS Store and the many items for sale at Westside Market.

“We had our soft opening early this year and hoped to have the grand opening in April. But COVID-19 interrupted our plans. We are so happy to be moving forward while still taking many precautions.”

The UPS Store remained open during recent months with limited hours. It is now back to its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

“Amazingly enough,” McCormick said, “we saw increases in business every month this spring. We really appreciate the community support for this new business that directly helps the people Sunflower serves.”

Some of the increased business was the result of Mother’s Day and graduation gifts; Barton Community College students shipping their belongings home; and presents from grandparents who weren’t able to visit their grandkids in person.

UPS services include packaging, shipping, printing, notarizing, faxing and copying, as well as Amazon returns.

McCormick also noted Westside Market is home to a couple of new vendors who design and create many decorative pieces for home and office. Sunflower clients also offer many of their artistic creations for sale at the market.

“Our regular customers and those who haven’t visited yet are more than welcome at our grand opening,” McCormick said. “Newcomers will be especially impressed with everything happening here.”

Sunflower serves infants, toddlers and adults with intellectual disabilities and delays in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties. It is in its 54th year.