After seven months of not having a local grocery store, the town of Coleridge can now go down the street for their basic needs.
Ken’s Corner Market being back in business means these locals have their hometown grocery store… well, just around the corner.
“We had to go at least 10 miles just to get a gallon of milk or something so I’m really excited that it’s going to open up again,” says Kathy Brummels, shopper.
“The loss of this has taught us a lot,” says Sally Sayler, volunteer.
Sayler is just one of many residents who was impacted by the store shutting down last spring due to a financially troubling year; but with the efforts of the community banding together raise the funds needed, they’re back in business.
“I think it’s nice. It’s clean and it’s beautiful,” says MaryAnn Brandl, former employee.
JP asks,” Are you going to come here a lot now?
“Oh yeah, I’ll do my shopping here all the time. Yes, yes, yes,” says Brandl.
“Hopefully it will go over good. It looks nice in here. It will improve as the days go on here I think,” says Dan Fiscus, shopper.
And the opening came with some changes…
“We moved the produce case down from this corner and moved it down here and added some tables. So in the future, we hope to do some breakfast. We don’t want to take anything away from other businesses in town and so we want to just utilize breakfast in the morning time,” says Paula Dirks, manager.
The staff here say they hope to be fully stocked with no empty shelves by next week and will have their grand opening in the near future.
“I’m very excited and I hope that everyone can come in and they like the changes that we’ve made and I encourage them all to shop local,” says Dirks.
Ken’s Corner Market is open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.