Lucky’s Real Tomatoes
Lucky’s Real Tomatoes was one of many businesses devastated by Super Storm Sandy, but we are happy to report they have nearly finished an extensive reconstruction project. The company is now positioned to serve their customers better than ever from their beautifully renovated facility at 29 Meserole Avenue.
Lucky Lee, Vice President and COO, and her team found that they had taken on 18 inches of water after preparing for 12. The flooding destroyed their cooler, offices, flooring, computers and entire electronic system. Evergreen was able to get Lucky a loan from NYBDC, which enabled the company to get new computers up and running. From there, Evergreen also helped facilitate an SBA loan to fund all of the construction.
The full process took roughly a year and a half, so Lucky and her team had to use refrigerated trailers, create makeshift offices on the 2nd floor of their building, and get used to working with less space as 17,000 square feet of flooring was dug up and redone. It is testament to the team, which did not see any member laid off, that there was never even a slight dip in customer service or their ability to keep providing a quality product on time. With increased cooler capacity and a newly refurbished building, that will only continue.
Lucky had this to say about the whole experience, “I take great pride in the fact that everyone here pitched in every day and kept a positive attitude throughout. Seeing the Evergreen team walking down the block the day after Sandy was huge emotional support as well. Our gratitude continued because Evergreen helped facilitate all the forms for assistance, kept us apprised of opportunities, and reached out to every politician when the loan seemed to be flagging. It was the perfect partnership.”