BY BILL WOLCOTT
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
WILSON — Jim and Colleen Bowman, who bought the Wilson Lakeside Market IGA in the village seven years ago, have made it a family venture.
The store on Lake Street has been remodeled and is hosting a re-grand opening through July 27.
Jim, who was born and raised in Wilson, worked in the meat room of the IGA when he was a student at Wilson Central School. Now his son Joe, 17, attends the high school and works as a stock boy. Daughter Marybeth, 19, attends Erie Community College and works as a cashier. She also balances the books.
Jim's mother, Barb, works in the expanded health and beauty department. Colleen works at Bank of America fulltime and helps out as a cashier. Jerry Kadryna manages the IGA.
Lakeside Market has been in the village 40 years and a previous owner of the store, a Canadian woman, put the store up for sale.
"It was there and for sale," Jim, who's retired from Fed Ex, said. "We thought we would keep it and pass it on to the kids."
Business has been good, according to Jim, especially in the summer when the population increases as boaters and seasonal residents return to boost the local economy.
This week customers can enter raffles and take advantage of sale prices. The store has added 700 new items and enlarged the produce department by 30 percent. The single-serve beverage section has been increased and the frozen food department expanded.
There is new shelving and wider aisles; new doors and new flooring. The deli and bakery area has been expanded.
The IGA has donated $20,000 to Thomas Marks Elementary School through a tape rebate program and donated to 10 area organizations.
"We're very pleased with the upgrade they made in the IGA and the expansion," Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski said. "It looks very nice and I commend Jim Bowman and his staff for investing in our community."