Bob and Fran Jermain,
Pocono Sew & Vac
Robert (Bob) Jermain: May 10, 1943 –
Frances (Fran) Jermain: September 16, 1951 –
To describe the success of Bob and Fran Jermain in the Sew and Vac industry, one word comes to mind: Partnership. Bob first started with
The Singer Company in 1969 as an Outside Salesman. "Back then we would carry a machine into a customer's home to demonstrate it," says Bob. "I had the backseat of my 1962 Nova removed just so I could make deliveries!" In 1972, he was promoted to Store Manager where he met his wife Fran, and then District Sales Manager in 1974, running the prestigious Rockefeller Center Flagship store.
After Singer announced the closing of its retail stores, the couple decided to build their own retail business together, one that would meet the wants and needs of customers like nothing else before. Bob and Fran purchased the Stroudsburg Singer Store in October 1979, located on Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg overlooking the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
In the early years of business at Pocono Sew and Vac, Fran repaired the vacuums and Bob, the sewing machines.
With their dedication and knowledge of the market, sales rapidly increased, more employees were hired, and one store grew to four. In 1994, the couple moved to a new 12,000 sq. ft. location that carries some 10 brands of sewing machines and almost as many vacuum brands plus an extensive fabric department. Bob and Fran feel Pocono Sew & Vac's success is due to having great employees, many of which have been with them for years. Also, store managers Fred and Paul Bombicca have been instrumental in promoting the business, making it the elite dealership it is today.
"We can think of no finer representative of the best our industry has to offer. Lifetime partners who started a small home-grown business to one of the top dealers in the U.S. exemplify what every dealer should strive to be," says John Ryan, Director of Business Development for Janome America. Living by the motto, "The customer is King," Bob and Fran both agree that success in today's retail environment doesn't come automatically; it takes hard work, dedicated employees, and excellent customer service.
2017 VDTA-SDTA Hall of Fame Inductee