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Cromer’s concessions supplies: no conflicts with your sponsors!

09 March, 2015


Popcorn 

We work with many schools that receive large annual sponsorship funding from soft drink companies. With those sponsorship dollars, the soft drink companies have the expectation (a rightful one we might add) that the schools are not going to stock the concessions stand with products from the sponsor’s competitors.

Cromer’s concessions and snack bar supplies will not cause any conflict with your school or event’s corporate sponsors!

We’re not “corporate owned.” In fact, our family owners have lived and worked in the South Carolina Midlands for over 80 years. This fact should be important when considering concessions suppliers. By purchasing your craft popped popcorn and handspun cotton candy from us, you will not offend any of your long time large sponsors.

Cromer’s doesn’t step on your sponsors’ toes… We help you and your team sell food products to raise funds for your school and sports boosters club.

Cromer’s P-Nuts is your concession supply solution

02 February, 2015

We love helping our customers create successful concession stands!   Our pre-packaged and custom order food products are ready to sell the moment you open the box.

School Concession Supply Solution

No Mess and No Cleanup

Eliminating food preparation will eliminate the mess from your concession stand.  The workers of the stand will be glad to not have to divide their time between preparing food, cleaning up and selling food.  They can devote their time to selling.

No Long Term Storage

Cromer’s delivers “just in time” food products which eliminates the need for long term food storage.  At a school or sports organization, storage is usually at a premium.  Say goodbye to the need to move around sports equipment from the storage rooms to free up space for storing food supplies.  Our food products sell fast, so you shouldn’t have much to store after an event is over either.

No Driving Around Town

Have you ever spent the day driving around town to pick-up last minute food items for your concession stand?  Well this isn’t a good use of time!

No Food Safety Risk

Do you ever worry about food safety when it comes to food preparation?  Eliminate this worry with pre-packed foods.  Your concession stand workers will be relieved to know that they don’t need to find the plastic gloves and hair net!

We want for you to be able to focus on your concession stand goals like generating foot traffic and more sales.  In our years of experience, we see many concession stands focus more on purchasing concessions inventory and finding a place to store the inventory, than on selling.

Let us help you and get back to selling and raising money for your school and sports boosters club!

Contact Kathy Willis 803-779-2290 x1008

 

Cromer's loves the Gamecocks

20 November, 2014

When you think of Columbia, most of the time you think of the University of South Carolina and their beloved Gamecocks, at least we do! On Saturdays we love to be right by the stadium witnessing as the city becomes practically gridlocked with traffic from near and far coming to watch the Gamecocks dominate the football field.

 Cromer’s has been supporting the Gamecocks for as long as we have been around, but most recently, we support them from right outside the stadium at Gamecock Walk.

Every home game, Cromer’s is out tailgating with funnel cakes, corn dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, sno-kones when its hot and hot chocolate when its cold and of course, our famous boiled peanuts. The Cromer’s team gets up bright and early to head out to the village to set up their tailgate. Fans from near and far (and even from opposing teams) stop by to see what Cromer’s is all about and always leave with a smile on their faces. No matter how bad the season is, Cromer’s will always be out there supporting the Gamecocks.

You can always find the Cromer’s tailgate team under the big red tent right inside Gamecock Village with all your favorite goodies. In honor of the last home football game of this season this Saturday at 12 pm against South Alabama, be sure to stop by and cheer on the Gamecocks like a true Columbian. We will be there bright and early ready for you all!

Supporting your local nut house

03 November, 2014

What makes Cromer’s different from other competitors? Sure you can go buy popcorn at your local grocery store, you could get coffee from a chain like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts and you could get your party supplies from Party City, but why come to Cromer’s?

Cromer’s is a local family business that started back in 1935. We talked about the beginning of the business with Mr. Julian Cromer and his peanuts in last week’s blog, but why should you come to Cromer’s for things other than our famous p-nuts and popcorn? Though Cromer’s has a big personality and representation around the Columbia community, it is still a “small business.” The Small Business Administration defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees and with only 22 we certainly fall into that category. According to an article on Business Insider, Only 50% of small businesses survive five years, though most (70%) hit the two-year mark. Cromer’s will hit its 80th birthday coming up, shooting down that statistic. However, the only reason Cromer’s has been able to stay open for so long is because of our loyal customers like you! Cromer’s strives to attain the best customer service in the area to make your experience better than it would be anywhere else. The majority of the employees have been working for Cromer’s for more than 20 years, so they are pros at what they do.

 

Here are a few other things that make Cromer’s special:

  • Popcorn: our popcorn is popped fresh every day. No, our bright yellow bags are not lying when they say “FRESH POPCORN” on them. Though it is popped fresh, if you keep it sealed tight, it can last up to 6-8 weeks. Our popcorn is also popped in coconut oil as opposed to the traditional canola oil. There are two oils that stay stable without the addition of citric acid, and of the two, coconut oil is the healthier option. So not only does our popcorn taste better because of it, it also allows you to enjoy much more with less shame. Search anywhere on the web and you will find that people much more prefer coconut oil popped popcorn to any other method.
  • P-nuts: along with our popcorn, our peanuts are boiled, packaged and placed on the shelves fresh every morning. You can often find Mr. Wade aka the Real Peanut Man on the sales floor with a shopping cart full of fresh peanuts every morning filling our fridge.
  • Café: sure you could grab a coffee at Starbucks or DD on your way to work, but why not support your local businesses and come to Cromer’s? Not only is Cromer’s a local business in itself; we also use a local micro roaster for our coffee beans as well. Once you taste Cromer’s coffee, you will not want to try anything else. It is full of flavor and made with love. We have had the same barista for some time and he has mastered the art of making coffee. Along with our delicious locally roasted coffee, we also offer free parking (which is hard to find in Columbia), free Wi-Fi and the comfiest couch in Cola.
  • Café 2.0: along with our coffee, our café also sells gourmet sandwiches, and a variety of breakfast items. Though the selection is not a large one, the sandwiches are made from fresh meats, cheeses and bread. Nothing is frozen- everything from the meats to the bagels is purchased fresh weekly. The croissants are even purchased from a local French bakery, Crepes and Croissants.
  • Party supplies: If you are holding a large party or cookout, Cromer’s is the hot spot for all of your supplies. Not only do we carry (and blow up for you) balloons, streamers, etc., but we also have plates, napkins, cups and tablecloths for your party. Anything you could possibly need, you more than likely can find it here.
  • Rentals: along with your party planning, why not go to the next level and rent a popcorn or cotton candy machine. Nothing makes people light up like seeing fresh popcorn or cotton candy. The steps are simple and you are bound to make an impression.
  • Events: If you do not want to make the popcorn or cotton candy yourselves, or if you want something more difficult to make like funnel cakes or boiled peanuts, then you can hire the Cromer’s special events’ staff to come out and cater your event. Though we are not your average catering company, we are a company with years of fair and carnival experience to provide the tastiest treats to you and your company.
  • ASI: One of the things Cromer’s offers that is not always known, is their Advertising Specialties. If you want anything customized for your company or organization from t-shirts to toilet paper, we can do that for you. With more than 800,000 products to choose from, you can build your business with us.

Sure all of these things can be purchased or found at other chain stores across the state, but they will never care about you like Cromer’s does. You are not just another credit card number or another face here at Cromer’s. You are family and we appreciate your support! 

 

It's a Family Tradition

27 October, 2014

In 1935, Julian D. Cromer sold peanuts and a variety of vegetables at his one-man stand at the Assembly Street Curb Market in Columbia, S.C. Every morning he packed up his produce and drove downtown to the market where he roasted his own peanuts. The fresh taste was a hit with the locals who were sick and tired of snacking on stale peanuts. By 1937, Cromer's one-man produce stand was booming, but his success could not go on unchallenged; another enterprising local set-up his own peanut stand directly across the aisle from Cromer's. To lure customers, the new competition promised the “Best Peanuts” in Town. He even went so far as to tell everyone who walked by that Cromer’s peanuts were not good. Infuriated by what he heard, Cromer walked back to his produce stand and made a cardboard sign saying "Worst In Town." Later while he was still in a huff, he added one more word "Guaranteed." His competitor was astonished that any man in his right mind would advertise his products that way. When customers walked by and chose between peanut purveyors they made the logical decision--everyone flocked to Cromer's and “Guaranteed Worst in Town” was born. Business was so good in 1939 that Cromer quit selling other produce to devote all his time to the peanut business. After more than 79 years of business, Cromer's is still a landmark in downtown Columbia, proudly displaying their infamous slogan.

Today, Julian’s granddaughter, Carolette Cromer Turner, owns the family business. In the years since Julian Cromer first started his one man produce stand, Cromer's has grown to sell all kinds of fresh and flavorful snacks, as well as concession equipment, party supplies and advertising specialties. Of course, you can still get fresh peanuts. And everything at Cromer's is always “Guaranteed Worst in Town”.

 

Customer Service is important to us...and should be to you too!

07 October, 2014

Want to make a positive and lasting impression on your customers (of course, don’t we all)? We want to encourage you to send one of our gourmet gift tins or gift boxes to your customers this Fall. Filled with scrumdelicious (yes, we’re a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh) popcorn – salted, buttered, caramel, cheese, and other good treats like our roasted peanuts, our treats are sure to keep your business’s name top-of-mind with your customers. Check out our gift ideas here  or come into the store to pick them out yourself


          

We asked one of our attorney clients for some feedback from his customers. This particular attorney sends our gift tins to his referral sources and clients throughout the course of the year. Following are direct responses from that attorney’s clients:

“I’m delighted I could send you a couple pieces of
business..., but you certainly didn’t need to send me the
popcorn. Very thoughtful and yummy and I’m quite certain
with my college-age son home this weekend, that it will
have disappeared by Sunday night. ”

 

“Thanks for the Popcorn! What a nice Surprise. It is delicious, especially the
caramel! Lol”

 

“I received a humongous tin of popcorn yesterday. My office mates are diligently helping
me work through it, one bowlful at a time. Looks like it will take several of us multiple
bowlfuls per day for quite a while, but I think we are equal to the task. Thanks very
much!!”

Let us help you make a fantastic and lasting impression with your customers – contact us today at 1-800-322-7688, customerservice@cromers.com or come by the store at 1700 Huger Street to learn more about our customer loyalty programs.

 

 

Childhood Memories

28 July, 2014

Cromer's is my family, I will always love it.

From P-Nuts to Bubble Gum and Everything in Between

03 December, 2012

From the small store at 1235 Assembly Street, my dad began to realize we needed to add other products and if we were to add more products we needed more room. He leased the building to the right of our store as soon as it was available; cut a hole through the brick wall that separated the buildings and soon it was filled with concession equipment and supplies for cotton candy, popcorn and snokones. Then he added vending equipment and supplies. When my dad ordered that first truck load of bubble gum my grandfather was sure it was a mistake and they would never sell all of it! Imagine his surprise when it sold and customers asked for novelties and capsules to fill the machines as well.

-Carolette Cromer Turner

The First POP of Cromer’s Popcorn

26 November, 2012

Not so long after moving into 1235 Assembly, my grandfather, dad and uncle decided to add a popcorn popper to our tiny sales floor. It was a free standing unit set in front of the water cooler near the window of the store. My sisters and I thought this was a wonderful idea and apparently so did our customers! Today, popcorn sales comprise about 15% of our revenue. The company that supplied us with that original popper remains the vendor where we purchase most of our concession equipment and supplies.

-Carolette Cromer Turner

My Dad, The P-nut Elephant Artist

16 November, 2012

My dad, James Cromer, was quite the artist and really a “Renaissance man” before that phrase was ever coined. He was always thinking up unique ways to attract customers to Cromer’s. After gluing peanuts to a sign in the shape of a large peanut for the Farmers’ Market, he set out to create an elephant made of peanuts. He cut out of plywood the head and upper body of an elephant then proceeded to glue peanuts on this large structure in our family room. It was a wonderful eye-catching addition to our business at 1235 Assembly. It was also the one thing my dad was sick to lose in the fire that burned our business to the ground in 1993!

-Carolette Cromer Turner