In February 2008, Cheryl and Glenn Giraudier opened the Red Butte General Store and as inventory clears it will close for good.
Cheryl worked many years in retail at Brand 66 and when that business closed in 2006 she missed working with the public and decided to pursue the dream of owning her own business.
With Glenn’s assistance Cheryl operated the Red Butte store (named after the location of her childhood) and offered a wide variety of items and services to local and visiting patrons of the community.
On the Red Butte General Store Facebook page Cheryl said, “Thank You for “liking” the Red Butte, your patronage and encouragement. When I started I promised myself I would carry on as long as I had the energy and creativity to keep it fresh. Things change - it’s time to close. No regrets - I accomplished something on my bucket list and met many wonderful people in the process.”
The Close-Out sale started on Tuesday August 31 with brisk business throughout the day. Cheryl was pleased. “I practically cleaned out this place in a day!”
Cheryl was touched by comments from people throughout the day and appreciates their understanding and best wishes. Cheryl always enjoyed the visits from children that shopped in her store and was especially touched when Delaney Elder, Ariana Schnell and Kassandra Gent came by to cash in on some bargain candy on the first day of the sale. Delaney said, “Oh Thank You - I loved shopping in this store - you are great”.
Tamara Waldner, who was on hand for the closing sale posted on her facebook page, “Thank you Cheryl for the awesome deals today and thank you for adding Red Butte to our community for the last 3 years! We will most definitely miss it!”
Although the Giraudiers’ have not sold the business or building, they hope eventually some sort of business will go into the space. Cheryl said, “Customers are sad to see it close and most people liked what it did for Main Street.”
Although Cheryl has decided to close, she still believes business can be successful in Coronach with enthusiastic commitment and marketing. Cheryl said, “These are challenging times for small towns, but Coronach has many advantages - industry, tourism and youth.”
“It’s not like I lost belief in what I was trying to do - I simply do not have the energy to take the business to the next entrepreneur level. With two more grandchildren being born since I opened the business and Glenn suffering a couple of life changing events I simply just got more selfish with my time”
On September 1, Cheryl had plans to keep the doors open a few more days to clean up the remaining inventory. As for the future, Cheryl and Glenn look forward to spending more time with their grandchildren.