By Anne Steppe.
If you haven’t been to SouthPark Mall to bask in the glory of 25,000 square feet of divine order, then drive, take the bus, run, walk, or hop on a pogo stick today to The Container Store! The company’s 50th location held its grand opening weekend here in Charlotte, Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14 with 10% of the sales going to the Levine’s Children’s Hospital – this partnership is just one more reason to love The Container Store.
A handful of professional organizers were invited to a private tour of this slice of heaven Thursday, August 11 and Simplicity’s team was on hand. You couldn’t help but be wide-eyed as you walked in to the brightly lit, thoughtfully laid out store. The staff was gracious, warm and beyond friendly. They provided food and drinks for us and gave us a brief history on the store. It was clear from the beginning that The Container Store and their philosophy of how they treat their employees and customers were just as awe-inspiring as their store.
You know the way a kid feels on Christmas morning, or how a man might look at a ’57 Chevy? Well, this is how a group of organizers feels when blanketed by gorgeous organizing pieces. At one point I told another organizer, “I think I want to live here”. The order, the calm, the peace of it all was like a vacation from the chaos of life – our faces said it all – we were home!
Later that evening The Container Store executives, employees, vendors and guests celebrated with the parties of all parties! The Liquid Pleasure band played dance music and amazing appetizers and drinks were enjoyed by all. The food was displayed on and served out of containers from the store! Oh, Container Store, you are a clever one!
You know you work for an amazing corporation when one of the creators and owners of the company rolls up his sleeves, takes off his jacket and busts a move on the dance floor with you all night. It was a true celebration of appreciation and joy. These folks love what they do and they have written the book on customer service. With over 260 hours of training poured into each associate their first year, you can rest assured that when you ask a question at The Container Store the associates will know the answer.
So go… enjoy… experience The Container Store bliss… we did and we can’t wait to go back!