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Gannon’s Isle Cools Off Downtown Syracuse

Monday, May 13, 2013

Syracuse, NY – Gannon’s Isle is now open at a permanent Downtown Syracuse location in Dey’s Plaza, 401 South Salina Street.

Gannon’s Isle was founded in 1982, by siblings Eileen and John Gannon and has two other locations, both in Syracuse. Gannon’s Isle owner Eileen Gannon attended the Downtown Committee’s retail recruitment fair held in June 2011. Last summer, Gannon’s tested the downtown market, selling its beloved ice cream from carts in the Columbus Circle and Hanover Square areas throughout the summer.

"We are excited to be a part of what’s happening here,” said Eileen Gannon, owner of Gannon’s Isle. “Downtown is up and coming, something we saw firsthand last summer when we tried out carts here. The carts were a big hit, so our next step was to bring a full-service option to Downtown Syracuse."

“We couldn't be more excited to be a part of helping to bring Gannon's to downtown,” said Bob Doucette, partner at Paramount Realty Group, the developers of Dey’s Plaza. “Terrific people and a terrific product make this business a hard combination to beat. All the best to the Gannon family.”

“Opening a permanent Gannon’s location on Jefferson Street is the cherry on top of the great development happening in Downtown Syracuse,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “We are excited to scoop them up and bring them into downtown. Their presence will be a boon to business and a telltale sign of the ongoing success of our redevelopment efforts. I appreciate the hard work the Gannon family, Paramount Realty Group, and the Downtown Committee have put into making this dream a reality.”

Gannon’s is the 14th new retail business to open in Downtown Syracuse since last year. It is also the latest established local business to locate on the 100 block of East Jefferson Street, which over the past two years has welcomed Café Kubal, BTI Travel, Holt Architects, Aspen Athletic Club and Jolime Fresh Garden Café.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gannon’s Isle to Downtown Syracuse,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “The renewed energy in Downtown Syracuse can be seen with longtime local businesses like Gannon’s making a commitment to the city center.”

Gannon’s features a rotating selection of over 200 ice cream flavors, including a special downtown-themed flavor called downtown turnaround, all of which are homemade at its Valley Drive location. The downtown Gannon’s Isle location is open Monday through Saturday, 11:30 am to 8 pm and Sunday noon to 8 pm. For more information about Gannon’s Isle, visit www.gannonsicecream.com.

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