Ready to serve Eyota
Eric and Brenda Bennett went all out to say thanks to supporters of their new grocery store, Eyota Market.
The Plainview couple, who took ownership of the market in March, held a grand-opening celebration July 11. It included free food samples, door prizes, kids' games, and a ribbon-cutting.
A large crowd included Eyota mayor Tony Nelson, City Council members, Economic Development Authority director Cathy Enerson, Foresight Bank vice president Chris Stelling, and Chris Wooner of Bremer Bank, among others.
"We decided to thank all the surrounding communities for their support," Eric Bennett said. "We're ready to get up and going, ready to do business for this community."
"It's just awesome," Brenda said. "You can tell this town is supportive here."
The 1,400-square-foot store was formerly owned by the family of Al Schumann, who died in 2013. It is managed by the Bennett's son, Colton, one of about 20 employees. There are another 50 or so employees at the family's store in Plainview.
The Bennetts received financial assistance for their venture from the Eyota EDA, which approved two loans, and People's Energy Cooperative in Oronoco.
"It is exciting," Colton Bennett said. "A lot of hard work went into it, but now we're ready to serve Eyota."
"I think it's a good deal for the community, definitely," said Tom Kalmes of Eyota. "We need it. It's convenient. Very convenient."
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