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Allen Pools and Spas named ‘Retailer of the Year’

Nov. 18, 2010

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Ed Allen (from left), Tom McCormack, Seth Clifford and Tom Colman of Allen Pools and Spas accept the Vermont Retailers Association Retailer of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

As Allen Pools and Spas’ Williston location celebrates its 10th year, the company has been racking up accolades.

Last week, Allen Pools and Spas, which has locations in Rutland, Williston and White River Junction, was named Retailer of the Year by the Vermont Retailers Association.

“It’s unbelievable,” Sales Manager Tom Colman said. “We’ve worked very, very hard and we’re very, very proud of the honor …. We’re definitely going to live up to it.”

Earlier this year, Allen Pools and Spas was chosen by Hot Springs Spas — the brand of hot tubs it sells — as the Dealer of the Year from among more than 850 dealers around the globe.

Colman called it “the biggest award in the whole world of hot tubs.”

The company, which Dan Allen started in Rutland in 1957, has grown steadily through the decades. Now run by Allen’s son, Ed, it posted 20 percent growth in 2009 and is up 25 percent this year, Colman said.

“Allen Pools and Spas is absolutely a phenomenal company,” said Tasha Wallis, executive director of the Vermont Retailers Association. “Talking to the different employees, they’re all so up and so motivated and they all have wonderful things to say about Ed Allen.”

Colman said the company is all about customer satisfaction.

“Our business philosophy is literally taking one customer at a time and taking care of that customer from A to Z,” he said.

Allen Pools and Spas was one of three companies to be recognized by the association. The Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington was named the Greentailer of the Year and Charlotte’s Old Brick Store received the Community Gem award.

“We had an outstanding group of nominees this year, and the winners are just terrific,” Wallis said.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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