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Sebec Redemption ready for business

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 32, August 07, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

Observer Photo/Sarah MacIlroy
SEBEC REDEMPTION - a new redemption center opened a few weeks ago on Route 16 at the Sebec Four Corners. Pictured are Owners Jeremy Downs and his wife, Bethany, with their 6 - month old daughter, Trinity.

SEBEC Making a small business work in Piscataquis County takes a lot of ingenuity and determination, coupled with the ability to meet consumer needs.

With a family history of operating a small business in Sebec, Jeremy Downs is no stranger to knowing what it takes to operate a business. He helped his father operate the Sebec Trading Post for several years, and now Downs is using that commercial experience to launch Sebec Redemption.

"I decided to do something that was service-oriented rather than sales oriented," he said. "With Sebec Redemption, I'll be able to offer faster service that is more customer friendly."

Operating the redemption business from his Sebec Four Corners home helps him offer customers the kind of service that spells success.

"I'll count everything for people," he said, "and since I live here I can sort whenever I get the time. It makes the whole process faster for customers."

Eventually, Downs said, he would like to expand the business to include pick-up of bottles.

"I'd like to go mobile eventually, if there's enough call it." Downs said this was the first time he had owned his own business, but it's not a project he's doing alone. His wife and brother-in-law will also be helping him, and he's open to input from his customers.

"We're open to suggestions from the public," he said. We want to know what they think would work."

Sebec Redemption, located on Route 16 near Sebec's Four Corners, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 For more information, they can be reached at 564-0037.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.