The local branch has been the provincial sales champion for nine years in a row, something Mears attributes to the unbelievable support of the community.
It's a community spirit," says Mears. "The community knows we're number one and so our probably first 4-500 bears are from customers that know we're number one, they want to stay number one, and they're here to buy bears for the local charity to make sure that we're number one."
As it has for the past few years, the local store has 2,400 bears to sell to customers and 2,400 to give to the community. Fort St. John consistently sells out of bears, and Mears says often 700 – 800 are bought and given right back to the store, so that it ends up giving more than 3,000 bears to local charities.
Although the Energetic City's generosity has its branch at the front of the pack, Mears says if other stores, like a busy one in the south of the province, get close to our numbers, he'll make sure to order more.
The local store has participated in the "Twin Bear" program for 23 consecutive years now.
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