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'Herb' Philipson's celebrates grand reopening under new ownership

A grand reopening event was held Monday morning at the “Herb” Philipson’s store in Rome.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 1:02 PM

ROME – A grand reopening event was held Monday morning at the “Herb” Philipson’s store in Rome.

The nine-store chain that was founded in 1951 is under new ownership, and the new owner held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Rome to mark the beginning of a new era.

Bach in March, longtime “Herb” Philipson’s employee Guy Viti stepped up to buy the company, just two months after former company president Gary Philipson announced it was up for sale. Viti has worked for the company for more than 37 years.

Customers and even Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo are thankful that a local family has decided to keep the longtime locally-owned franchise going.

“You’ve got a lot of changes in technology, obviously there’s a lot of online purchasing now, so for someone to take that leap is fantastic for our area,” Izzo said.

”I think it’s wonderful that somebody takes interest enough to buy this and promote it,” said Rome resident Bob Henderson. “I think it’s wonderful for Rome and it’s wonderful for everybody around this area.”

There are grand reopening sales planned for the next two weeks at all nine “Herb” Philipson’s stores, which are located in Rome, New Hartford, Oneida, Herkimer, Watertown, Liverpool, Newark, Oswego and DeWitt.

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