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Shopping in Fort Macleod pays off for Joan McLaren

Christmas came early for Joan McLaren of Fort Macleod when she received the much-anticipated phone call on Friday afternoon.
Chamber of Commerce past president Emily McTighe brought the good news that McLaren’s name had been drawn in the 2014 Shopping Spree.
“I have never won anything like this,” a delighted McLaren said when she arrived to pick up $1,250 worth of gift certificates.
Chamber administrative assistant Kristi Edwards made the draw at noon.
The Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce organizes the Shopping Spree as part of its efforts to encourage people to shop locally during the Christmas season.
In addition to quality merchandise at low prices, Fort Macleod businesses also offer a personal touch for people shopping for Christmas gifts.
In addition to great service, customers also don’t have to struggle to find parking and battle huge crowds and long line-ups like they do in the city.
Theresa Miller of The Macleod Gazette called to invite businesses to participate in the Christmas Shopping Spree, and the response was positive.
Participating businesses made a cash contribution to the program and will honour the gift certificates that McLaren received.
The gift certificates can be redeemed at the participating businesses for regular-priced merchandise.
The gift certificates cannot be redeemed for cash.
Participating Fort Macleod businesses in 2014 included Alberta Hardware and Variety, Boutique Hair and Gifts, Brok’N Spoke Bike Shoppe, Cafe Orange, Davis Dodge, Extra Foods Fort Macleod, Fort Macleod Vet Clinic, Fort Pharmacy, Hansen’s Family Foods, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Larson’s Tire, L&M Petroleum UFA, Macleod Restaurant and Lounge, Mereski Jewellers, Perfect Touch Massage and Spa, Rexall Drug Store, Scougall Motors, Sinkel Floral Designs and Giftware, The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police, The Macleod Gazette, Town and Country Liquor Store, Tru Hardware Fort Macleod and Young Parkyn McNab LLP.
The Shopping Spree promotion was also sponsored by Eden’s Funeral Home and Fort Macleod Agencies.