Marshalls opens in Great Barrington, donates $10,000 to Berkshire South

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By Friday, Nov 3 News  8 Comments
Marcie L. Setlow
Marshalls is now open where Kmart was once located in the shopping center on Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Great Barrington — As every shopper in South County already knows, Marshalls opened a new store in Great Barrington on Thursday. We all know, too, that Marshalls knows how to save you money. But, we discovered today, they also know how to give money away…wisely.

As part of its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, Marshalls presented a check for $10,000 to Berkshire South Community Center to help support the Community Supper Program. Through this program, the Center offers supper to about 125 people every week. And another part of the program is the once-a-year Community Thanks Supper. This takes place the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and serves some 250 people.

Berkshire South receives check from Marshalls. Left to Right is Pam Gauthier, Bob Montgomery*, Barbara Manring*, Janet Elsbach, Laurie Cella (Store manager) , Deb Heath, Jenise Lucey, Ethel Patterson*, Betty Banker, Ann Zaccaria, Rebecca Wolin and Mal Wasserman. (*Berkshire South board member) Photo courtesy of Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Jenise Lucey, Executive Director of Berkshire South, had this to say about the gift, “Berkshire South Regional Community Center is overwhelmed by the generosity of Marshalls in support of the Community Supper and Community Thanks Supper programs.  Through their generosity, we will be able to serve almost 5,000 meals over the year while working to build community strength. We couldn’t be more appreciative of their support!”

Merchandise galore at the Marshalls grand opening. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow

How did Berkshire South get selected for the Marshalls gift? It seems that Marshalls rented some space from the Center for training and staff development while the store was being transformed from a Kmart to its new identity, and the new store manager Laurie Cella got to know the Center’s programs. According to Lucey, Cella was particularly intrigued by the fact that people could come to the Center not just to eat, but to have someone to eat with. The combination of eating and socializing was particularly impressive.

Accessories for sale in the new Marshalls. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow

Lucey says the success of the program is due to the generosity of the chefs who come in to create great dinners on a budget of $2 per person. The group includes Tommy Lee (who always takes charge of the Thanksgiving dinner), the chefs from Gould Farm, the food people at the Berkshire Co-op Market who provide one dinner per month, Janet Elsbach, Dan Smith from John Andrews Restaurant, Aroma, Micale Gallon, Annie Dinan, Michelle from Windflower Inn who can always be counted on to provide amazing desserts, and the Big Y which donates meals when no chef is available. And also a cadre of volunteers who help the chefs prepare and serve.

DJ Lee Waddell provides music for shopping. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow

I know, I know, you also want to know about Marshall’s. So, here’s the scoop. The store looks beautiful. It is brimming with merchandise, all displayed beautifully. There is something for everyone…women, men, kids. Clothing, of course, and also shoes, handbags, toiletries, scarves, home goods and, for the opening at least, a DJ playing great music to shop by. On opening day, the store was filled with shoppers, all of whom seemed also to be buying. As always at Marshall’s, bargains come and go. You never know what you’ll find, and the next time you go that item you hesitated about will probably be gone. That’s not the only downside for me. The real problem for me is that Marshall’s is now much too close to my home, and I am afraid that I will not be able to stay away!

Shopping advice. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow


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  1. Dana says:

    Sounds like a win-win. The community suppers are amazing. And, I am looking forward to checking out Marshall’s this weekend!

  2. Kristen van Ginhoven says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate the opening! Congrats to Berkshire South and Marshalls!

  3. Kayemtee says:

    I miss the K Mart.

  4. Jim, Lodge says:

    $10,000? More like 100,000+ if Marshall’s wants to buy friends and influence ‘the community.’ What are the employee wages and benefits, and how do those figures compare to other county employers?

  5. Shawn G. says:

    Best place to shop: Goodwill.

  6. Jennifer Wade says:

    Re Ivanka clothing: When I asked the very nice manager whether this store carries Ivanka labels she said yes; these items don’t have a special space but are scattered among other items throughout the store. To the best of her knowledge no other Ivanka items under another name in her store. Folks who choose to patronize Marshalls but don’t want to support the most corrupt WH administration in our nation’s history may want to read labels very carefully.

  7. tom says:

    I miss K-Mart also

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