Customer Spotlight: Nez Perce Express
Nez Perce Express is located in Idaho on the Nez Perce Reservation next to the Clearwater River.
Customer Spotlight

Customer Spotlight: Nez Perce Express

November 16, 2021

Tell us about your store.

Nez Perce Express is located in Idaho on the Nez Perce Reservation next to the Clearwater River, the Steelhead fishing capitol of the world. The Nez Perce Express also provides the fishing permits to fish the Clearwater River we have Steelhead, Chinook Salmon and tunnel pond permits.

How has Harbor helped you to be successful?

Harbor has helped us to be successful by the support of providing great products, on time delivery service and store resets to help keep great store flow for our customers. Harbor has been a great partner as we continue to grow together in our success.

What unique programs do you have at your location?

Harbor helped us to get the Skippers program going which in turn considerably increased our deli sales. We also started the Harbor Watertown coffee program where we have a great following as well with this select brand of coffee.

How has your store been successful through COVID-19?

The Nez Perce Express store has maintained our customer base by providing a safe and sanitary store for our patrons.

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