About a year of construction started, the new Beeland Co-Op Food Store in Tisdale has opened its doors.
The newly-built store opened Thursday on the old site of the Tisdale Mall. Beeland Co-op general manager Todd Svenson said the day was a mix of emotions for his staff.
"It's new, it's change, they're all pretty excited but nervous of the new and the different but they've done a great job, our staff has been wonderful," Svenson said. They've worked hard this week getting everything ready and even in the old store, we've always given great customer service and been great staff, and they've just continued through this transition here and I'm looking forward to more of the same."
The old store downtown shut its doors on Saturday to transition over, and Svenson says things have been hectic for the last week as they prepared to open.
"I was in here yesterday morning thinking we should back the opening up because I didn't think it was going to be ready," Svenson said. "But [the staff] rallied, and pulled it together, it's all ready to go."
The new store features some new amenities including a pharmacy. Svenson says the new store is head and shoulders above the old one.
"When you look around this store, and you see what we can offer and what we can do in here as opposed to what we can do out at the old location, it's night and day," Svenson said. "The old store was 40 years old and renovated numerous times. This is state of the art, it's a beautiful building."
Mayor of Tisdale Al Jellicoe said that having a bigger, better store like the new Co-op, not only benefits Tisdale.
"It's quite a bit bigger than the other store," Jellicoe said. "It's going to help, not just the town, but the whole Northeast."
A grand opening is planned for the store in January.
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