The store’s new manager, Paula Dirks, says the response has been very warm.
“We’ve had a very good turnout,” Dirks says. “Lots of people came in to check the store out. We’re still filling our shelves each day. We get two to four trucks a week. It’s going really good.”
Dirks says they’ve added some special features the previous store didn’t offer.
“We have a coffee and cappucino machine and we have a bakery that we do sticky rolls, cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches, pastries and breads,” Dirks says. “And we do the meats, lots of new items and things that people want in the store.”
Coleridge has a population of around 460 and since the market closed, residents were having to drive ten or 15 miles for their groceries.
More than 70 local investors raised some $180,000 to clean up, restock and reopen the store. Dirks says she’s happy to provide the service.
“Everybody I hear come in the story is very proud to have it open again and proud to be here and shop here,” Dirks says. “I get nothing but complements on how everything looks and tastes. I’m glad I can be here to be a part of it.”
Dirks says the store now has two full-time employees with eight part-time workers.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton