By: Christopher Davis | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: February 2015
Andrew Northup, store manager of the new midtown Tulsa GNC, and Robb Winn, regional manager.
As the luster of newly-minted New Year’s resolutions begins to wane, many folks struggle with persisting onward toward their new lifestyles. After all, if weight loss and living healthy were easy, it would not be such a common topic after the holidays. Fortunately, the Draper family offers five convenient locations in the Tulsa area to support those who seek a transformation and path to a healthier life.
As of December, the Draper family opened their newest location at 1677 S. Yale Ave., anchoring the newly remodeled Yale Mall near Target and Reasor’s. The store, managed by Andrew Northup, offers a convenient home base with a wide array of products, including vitamins and supplements, specialty items, and even advice.
Robb Winn, regional manager, has been with the Draper family for seven years, and reveals what makes the Tulsa-area GNC stores stand out against the competition: “The ‘Draper family difference’ emphasizes a passion and positive attitude to enrich the lives of our customers.”
Watching Winn and Northup at work in the store, it is obvious they embody the motto. They both enthusiastically engage customers, walking with them up and down aisles to explain the nuances of various products. Winn and Northup are at ease in the store, laughing and joking with one another, which gives the store an air of friendliness to match its bright and open layout.
Such engagement and investment in customers may be rare in health and nutrition retail stores, but Winn says that advice and guidance from GNC store representatives – a free service that one might otherwise only find from a personal trainer – is a characteristic his customers have come to rely on.
“It takes the guessing out for customers,” he says. “We go the extra mile.” Winn adds that representatives will even assist customers in making workout and meal plans.
It is common for a customer to enter the store with an expression that shows they are overwhelmed, even a bit intimidated by the selection. By the time he or she leaves, the expression has changed to one of epiphany. Confident in their selection and motivation revived, customers are on their way to the next step on their path to transformation. And, as 2015 settles in, a little boost in motivation and confidence can mean the difference between getting down to business or falling back into old habits.
GNC also offers special prices and deals to customers who sign up for a membership. For example, enjoy a “3 Pack Stack” – members purchase two packs of supplements and get a third for free. On top of their everyday low prices, GNC will always beat any local competitor’s advertised price by one dollar.
Customers can enjoy the “Draper family difference” at five GNC locations throughout the area: in southwest Tulsa at Tulsa Hills shopping center (71st and Highway 75), in the southeast at Woodland Corner (71st and Memorial) and The Shops at Broken Arrow (Highway 51 and Lynn Lane), to the north in Owasso at Smith Farm Shopping Center (Highway 169 and 96th St. N.) and their newest location in midtown at Yale Mall (16th and Yale).
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.