New Organic Store Coming to Sioux Falls
October 19, 2010 9:37 PM
When one door closes, another one opens.
At least that's the case for a Sioux Falls businessman. He's closing down his store of 13 years, to open a brand new one.
And while it's good news for residents, there'll now be a new place to shop organic, the same may not be true for local grocery stores that may now have to compete.
Everything at Meadowsweet Natural Health Market has to go.
Because when owner Steve Gratzfelt and his employees move to their new store, Pomegranate Market, everything will be brand-new, including the concept of the store itself.
"I hope to bring to Sioux Falls what people have experienced in larger metropolitan areas like a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes,” said Steve Gratzfelt.
The new location, on Louise Avenue, near 57th, brings a larger space.
And although that means more room for improvements, like a cafe area, salad bar, and more fresh product, it also means more work.
"A tremendous amount actually. There's been a great deal of attention to detail. In the new store we'll be offering prepared foods, where this one hasn't. That's involved quite a bit of time and energy in itself,” Gratzfelt said.
Gratzfelt says he and his customers are excited for the new opportunities the store can offer. And even though they're technically competition, local grocery stores like Hy-Vee say their looking forward to this addition as well.
“We try to learn something from everyone out there doing something that we do. And I'm sure we will. I'm sure we'll make adjustments and we'll keep going. We may discover some new products we want to carry and we'll keep an eye on it,” said Bob Trader Hy-Vee store director.
Hy-Vee officials say they also will be looking at how the new store handles some of their new challenges, things for them that after so many years in business are now routine.
“Turn the product fast enough to not have quality or date issues, and yet be small enough as a company to be able to buy quality to begin with and not to be out there trying to source way too much product to ask for quality,” Trader explained.
Quality over quantity: a balance "Pomegranate" will have to find for itself.
"Pomegranate Market" plans to open by the end of November, but they won't have any "grand opening" festivities until after the holidays.
If you want to make suggestions for things you'd like to see in the new store, you can do so on their website.