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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 265

House concurrent resolution congratulating Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters on the retailer’s 75th anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Edwards of Brattleboro, Milkey of Brattleboro, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Deen of Westminster, Manwaring of Wilmington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, O'Donnell of Vernon

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, soon after World War I, pushcart peddlers began selling surplus U.S. Army clothing and other supplies, and the more successful of these entrepreneurs moved indoors, establishing so-called Army & Navy stores, and

Whereas, in 1929, Sam Borofsky, a Russian immigrant, joined his brothers in the operation of several Army & Navy stores, and

Whereas, in 1932, Sam Borofsky purchased a Brattleboro Army & Navy store from one of his brothers, naming it, not surprisingly, Sam’s Army & Navy Store, and

Whereas, in 1944, Sam’s initiated the first of many Brattleboro store enhancements, and in the years after World War II, the store added camping gear to its inventory and sold Marlboro College the tents and cots that served as the college’s first residence hall and beds, and

Whereas, other landmark improvements to Sam’s Brattleboro headquarters included purchase of its home, the Barber Building in 1953, the construction of a new addition in 1978 that truly made Sam’s “the biggest little store in the world,” the addition of a Flat Street entrance and women’s department in 1982, the 1983 purchase of the adjacent former Sugars Furniture Store and its conversion into a new sporting goods department, the 1989 renovation that enabled the store to spruce up its Main Street entrance and introduce new computer technology, and most recently, a 1996 interior reconstruction project designed to improve merchandise displays, and

Whereas, in 1947, Sam Borofsky and his brother, Irving, purchased a store in Bellows Falls, and Sam, who became the sole owner in 1958, moved this northern branch across the street in 1963, expanding the new facility to 6,000 square feet, and

Whereas, in 1989, Sam’s opened an outlet in Keene, New Hampshire that in 1993 was moved to a more spacious locale in Swanzey, New Hampshire that facilitated the creation of a large outdoor kayak display area, and

Whereas, the generational changes at Sam’s Outfitter’s have included Sam’s son, Stanley “Pal” Borofsky, who was first put to work at age nine, joining the business full-time in 1957, Pal’s son, Brad, coming on board in 1982, and the part-time addition to the staff of Sam’s great-grandchildren, Joaquin and Meagan, in 2006, and

Whereas, in 2006, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, the name the popular retailer adopted in 1998, celebrated its 75th anniversary, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters on the retailer’s 75th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pal Borofsky at Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters in Brattleboro.




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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont