Girl Scout Troop Disappointed By Shops At Nanuet Policy

Courtesy of Carol Ackerman
Courtesy of Carol Ackerman

Carol Ackerman said her New City Girl Scout Troop hoped to sell Girl Scout Cookies at The Shops At Nanuet. When she asked the Shops’ management for permission she was told the troop would be charged a fee - $175 to sell in the courtyard or $100 to sell on the perimeter.

Ackerman said she was angry, stunned and disappointed. The Rockland County native said she understands when a business says no to the request for girls to sell cookies but the troop has never been told they would have to pay. Ackerman said the troop earns 75 cents per box and would have sell 134 boxes just to cover the fee.

“I felt that wasn’t right,” she said. “We’re part of their community.”

The Shops At Nanuet issued the following statement regarding their policy on organizations seeking permission to sell items. 

“The Shops at Nanuet evaluates every inquiry for access to the property individually. Anytime we consider a request by an outside organization to come to the property to sell a product, there is a fee structure involved. In this instance, we wanted to accommodate the Girls Scouts and offered them an extremely discounted rate.”

Ackerman said her troop of 11-year-old sixth and seventh graders would look elsewhere to sell the cookies in March. She said the 15 girls in Troop 40826 have been successful selling in front of grocery stores and restaurants and hoped to expand this year.

“I know that the Girl Scout House as already arranged for Girl Scout Week at the Palisades Mall - but it's so popular that they use a lottery system,” said Ackerman. “Last year we didn't get picked so this year we were trying to make our own plans.”

Ackerman said selling cookies is not actually about raising money but a learning experience because the girls develop a business plan. They learn how to sell, how to approach people and why some people will not buy or just ignore them.

“All of that is a life lesson to them," she said. 
Josette A. Greshler-Maderna January 19, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Carol, I am so glad to see everyone come to the rescue. Last night, I was talking to the owner of Jimmy's on Main, which is right over from the mall. He wanted to reach out to you because he has offered the exclusive use of his enclosed patio to the troop and free hot chocolate to anyone who buys cookies. He may be reached via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jimmysonmain or by phone at (845) 623-6246.
Watchdog January 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM
There was no Christmas Season at the Shopps at Nanuet so We bought our Christmas presents elsewhere. Saved a few bucks too. Ryan Hidalgo is way out if touch with this Community. Dissing The Christian Community and now the Girl Scouts? Is this clown for real?
Watchdog January 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM
Hidalgo needs a course in sensitivity training.
Dave Thomas January 26, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Amy Rose March 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM
We are at the Shops at Nanuet today from 12p-5pm! Hope to see everyone there! Carol Ackerman Troop 40826


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