The Old Cannery is more than just a furniture store. It hosts community events and features animatronics, trains, and homemade fudge. The place is especially appealing to families, and it caters to people of all ages. The store’s CEO Dave Radcliff has been running it since the early 2000s. He is committed to making the store a fun place to visit and a great place to take children.
STORIS helps Old Cannery grow
STORIS is a retail management software solution that helps retailers grow and improve their business. It connects POS, supply chain management, financial reporting, and other essential aspects of a retailer’s operations. It has allowed Old Cannery to grow and improve its business by providing a single solution for all aspects of its operations.
In the summer, the Old Cannery transforms into a carnival where 30,000 hot dogs are given away. There are also free pictures with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. The Old Cannery also participates in many community events. During the holidays, it hosts bridge lightings in Sumner, and in the winter, it offers free hot chocolate and roasted nuts.
The Old Cannery Furniture and Mattress Warehouse is a family-owned business in Sumner, Washington. It employs 130 people and is situated on 10 acres. The business was started by a husband-and-wife team in 1953. The husband built the frames out of harvested lumber and hand-tied the springs, while the wife hand-sewed the upholstery. Today, the company occupies more than 500,000 square feet and ten acres of land.
STORIS helps store grow
Storis management systems’ Vision R8 solution allowed Old Cannery to make the transition from its old system to a more modern one in less than 90 days. The retail technology system connects all essential aspects of a retailer’s operation, including POS, inventory management, supply chain management, financial reporting and more. Using STORIS helped Old Cannery grow, while allowing the company to stay lean.
The STORIS project aims to turn the cannery into a food hub, destination and community gathering space. To accomplish this, the project will upgrade the 6th Street portal and transform the space into a culinary destination. Photos of similar projects in other cities were included in Gonzalez’s presentation, including Eastern Market in Detroit, the Milwaukee Public Market and Magnolia Market in Waco.
Traditions of the old cannery
The Christmas season is fast approaching and there are still a few days to go until the Old Cannery opens for its annual Santa photo line. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are collected to support the local food bank. The staff is excited to help make the holiday season a memorable one for everyone.
Before WWII, the cannery employed predominantly Mexican, Hawaiian, and Puerto Rican immigrants. Today, the only vestiges of Mexican workers are graffiti etchings on the walls of the bunkhouses. Native Alaskans were also employed at the cannery, especially after the Spanish Flu pandemic that hit the state in 1912. The workers’ hard work and sacrifice contributed to the overall well-being of the cannery.
The NN Cannery was the first historic salmon cannery in Bristol Bay. The cannery interpreted the river’s past, creating an ethnically diverse workplace.