Regg Pehrson is heading up the effort to reopen the store and says when it closed last spring, residents were forced to drive much longer distances for their necessities.
“Everybody was having to travel out of town ten or 15 miles to get groceries,” Pehrson says. “They weren’t able to run down at 5 o’clock when they were missing a gallon of milk or something to make supper. We’ve got some older people that it’s hard for them to get out of town. If we can get the grocery store back going again, I think we’ll have good support from them.”
After a community meeting was held in early December, Pehrson says they got financial commitments to open the store.
“For right now, we’re up to about 60 commitments and we’ve still got people coming in,” he says. “We’re hoping we can reach our goal so we don’t have any loans against the grocery store when we’re done.”
Pehrson says they’re confident they will be able to keep the store running for many years to come.
“The people will support it and there should be plenty of cash flow to keep it going,” he says. “Compared to what we’ve had and what the business has done in the past, we should be able to make it work. We had a little trouble getting suppliers but we’ve got those lined up. We have a couple of store managers I’m really excited about.”
Pehrson says they hope to re-open the store by February first.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton