HONESDALE—On Friday, December 1, Clark's Sunrise Market celebrates 35 years of fulfilling local grocery needs from its location on the Lake Ariel Highway with a Pennsylvania Lottery Raffle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Patrons can win prizes through the raffle or enter all weekend to win one of 20 gift cards.
Winners of the $35 gift cards will be notified on Monday, December 4.
These giveaways are part of the Ordnung family's sincerest “Thank you” to their staff, customers and others who have supported them and sustained their business for the last three and a half decades.
“It's unbelievable!” said the eponymous Clark Ordnung, thinking about how far the store has come.
Clark and his wife, Margery, were the store's original owners.
“My wife worked as hard as I did,” he explained. She was a trooper.”
Margery passed away last year, but her picture remains hanging in the office to help watch over store operations going forward.
Clark explained the two purchased the store in 1982.
He had worked in and even managed the local A&P for over two and a half decades, and was even asked to move to the Philadelphia store when the local here closed down.
But Clark didn't want to leave the area where he'd made his home.
Instead, he took his grocery knowledge and put it to good use in a family-run business, describing this as “the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Clark said the early years were tough, but after gaining traction through hard work, he and Margery – and later three of their five children, Michelle Werner and Mark and Jeff Ordnung – pulled through.
Now, looking back 35 years later, Clark exclaimed, “Time flies when you're having fun!”
Store operations are now run by the next generation trio, picking up where their parents left off in terms of quality customer service, supply of good products, and renowned delicatessen, which sells Sunrise's secret Ordnung family recipes, all prepared fresh and on-location.
Such attention to quality service has led to Clark's Sunrise Market being voted #1 potato salad, #2 best deli and #2 butcher and meat department in The Wayne Independent Readers' Poll.
“We're proud of that and that's kind of what kept us going,” said Werner.
Those interested are encouraged to join the Ordnung's this weekend in celebration of their achievement, made possible through the continued support of community patrons.
“Thank you for 35 wonderful years!” said Werner.