The ribbon was cut on Bargain Hunt in Cullman on Friday, April 13. (Nick Griffin for The Tribune)
CULLMAN – Bargain Hunt’s brand-new Cullman location opened its doors to a long line of customers Friday morning but not until they donated to a local nonprofit. Bargain Hunt kicked off its grand opening with a $1,000 donation to Karma in Cullman. Karma in Cullman works with those in the community who need a hand up, whether that be through food assistance, yard sales, clothing, furniture, household items, books or toys. Its founder, Rachel Bryant, was moved by the contribution and accepted a check from Bargain Hunt at Friday morning’s ribbon cutting.
“I know that stuff like this happens for a lot of other organizations, but this is a life-changing $1,000 for us,” Bryant said. “When they called me, I was just speechless and I’m about to cry now but this is going to be life-changing in this community.”
Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce President Leah Bolin addressed the staff and management of the new store before the ribbon cutting and explained why she and the chamber are excited about Bargain Hunt joining the community.
“We’re really happy that you’re here and we can see that you’re happy you’re about to open. I had so many people call the chamber and ask about when Bargain Hunt was going to be open. I think you’re going to do really, really well here; we’re very excited and we want you to know that we are here for you and we are your resource,” Bolin said. “I know you’re already giving back through charitable donations, so we know that you’re going to be a great community partner with the city of Cullman.”
Bargain Hunt Store Leader Stuart Downing spoke to the chamber representatives and his staff just before the ceremony and reiterated their excitement for opening the new location.
“We’re just really excited to be a part of the Cullman community,” Downing said. “We’re very thankful for the opportunity to bring the business here and we think we’re going to do really well because we have a lot of great things to offer at a great price. We’ve got so much enthusiasm to be a part of the community and we’re just really looking forward to being here with you guys.”
Bargain Hunt is located at 1721 Second Ave. SW next to Planet Fitness.
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