PSEG Long Island Helps Continue a 100-year tradition of ‘It’s Lesser at Plesser’s’
(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Nov. 20, 2019) – Plesser’s, one of the oldest appliance stores in the nation, celebrated its official grand re-opening last week in Babylon Village, thanks in part to an $18,750 grant from PSEG Long Island’s Main Street Revitalization program.
“PSEG Long Island is proud to support our local communities,” said John Keating, manager of economic development for PSEG Long Island. “We know small businesses like Plesser’s are the backbone of the community, helping the local economy thrive. The PSEG Long Island Main Street Revitalization Program helps small business owners stay vital in an ever changing market. It is a win-win for all.”
The grant helped fund the renovation of the building, including a façade improvement, a remodel of the showroom, install energy efficient lighting and HVAC system as part of the overall renovation of Plesser’s main showroom at 6 E. Main St. in Babylon Village.
Representatives from PSEG Long Island, employees/staff, major trade partners, builders, trade organizations and the owners family members gathered at Plesser’s on Nov.14 to congratulate the owners on the grand re-opening.
Plesser’s was founded in 1919 by Sam Plesser and is one of the nation’s oldest appliance stores. The business is currently owned by Marc Howard & Al Howard, third-generation appliance men. The Plesser's management team is proud to carry on the tradition of old-fashioned service and customer satisfaction.
“It is nice to know PSEG Long Island cares and supports the revitalization of our communities," said Liz Talbot, operating manager, Plesser’s. “The grant from PSEG Long Island has helped us to restore the showroom and attract customers. Putting in energy efficient lighting and air conditioning earned us additional savings on our electric bills, and also helps us help the environment.”
PSEG Long Island’s Main Street Revitalization Program is designed to support the economic vitality of a business district and to optimize the use of existing electric infrastructure. This program offers grants for projects that are expected to improve the economic stability and growth of a local business district. Eligible projects include: interior renovations; facade improvements; streetscape improvements; and other investments that would enhance the economic viability/vibrancy of the business district.
By installing energy efficient lighting fixtures and by using LED bulbs, Plesser’s owners also took advantage of $560 in PSEG Long Island energy efficiency rebates that is expected to reduce the store’s annual electric usage by approximately 2,000 kilowatt hours, helping them lower their bill by an estimated $300 per year.
For more information about the PSEG Long Island downtown revitalization programs, visit https://www.psegliny.com/inthecommunity/revitalization. For more on our energy efficiency programs: https://www.psegliny.com/saveenergyandmoney.
To learn more about Plesser’s, visit https://www.plessers.com/.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.