Ken Pack: the eye of the Tiger by Caleb Nickerson

Ken Pack, the owner of Shawville Giant Tiger, was named the Business Person of the Year at the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards gala in February. Above he cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of his original location in 1997. Below, he sits behind his desk in the modern store, which opened in 2013.

Ken Pack has a passion for breaking new ground.
From his early years at the head offices of Giant Tiger to owning and operating his own franchise, Pack has had to venture out into the unknown on many occasions and create order out of the surrounding chaos.
He was recognized for his dedication at the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Awards Gala in February, where he was named Business Person of the Year, after 21 years at the helm of the Shawville franchise.
While Pack’s business prowess may have been demonstrated by his decades in local retail, it was honed during his time at Giant Tiger’s corporate office in Ottawa, where he worked for over 15 years as a senior buyer for the company.
He explained that he had started out working for various grocery chains while he was in school and after he graduated, developing an understanding of the business from several perspectives. The experience proved to be invaluable since, at the time, Giant Tiger had yet to branch out into grocery sales.

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