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Mercantile Grocery a community blessing for Correctionville

Monday, October 1, 2012

Community supporters - The new Mercantile Grocery Store in Correctionville is rapidly nearing completion, thanks to many loyal community volunteers and the CEDCORP. Inc. members.
Pouring concrete - The site for the new Correctionville Mercantile Grocery Store was a busy place when workers poured the concrete footings and floor recently to accommodate the new building.
Local volunteers roll up their sleeves to make it happen

CORRECTIONVILLE - In 2009, the Correctionville Grocery Store had a fire, forcing its closure and damaging it beyond repair. Not having a grocery store for many months became a hardship for the residents of this small Northwest Iowa town.

On the job - Many hands lessen the task as is shown here when dozens of dedicated community volunteers joined hands to pour the footings and floor for the new Mercentile Grocery Store in Correctionville.
About a year and-a-half ago, a small group of citizens formed CEDCORP, Inc. In addition to this group, a fundraising commitee was formed and these dedicated local volunteers have come together to build a new store store, called the Mercantile Grocery Store.

Property was donated by the city where the old Opera House was located.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on April 26th. By May 25th, $60,000 in pledges were made.

Also, three pancake and sausage breakfasts, and a hot dog BBQ have been held at Little Sioux Park south of town as successful fundraisers.

Local Thespians put on a play, "Sagebrush Sidekicks" on July 28th & 29th at the High School Auditorium as another fundraiser.

Raffle tickets for a side of beef are also being sold, with that winning ticket to be drawn at the opening of the store.

Most of the labor is volunteers from the community. All lumber is being purchased locally from the Correctionville Building Center. Plumbing supplies are from Corner Hardware. Refrigeration units and other equipment were purchased from a grocery store in Mitchell, SD. JJ Smith Trucking has been delivering these items to a storage unit near town.

Timeline of events:

*June 7th the light-form footings were put in place.

Community volunteers labor inside and outside constructing the new Mercantile Grocery Store in Correctionville scheduled to open around Thanksgiving time. The new store will replace the former grocery that burned down.
*June 15th & 16th light-form was filled with cement by Deeds Construction.

*July 19th trenching was done for the floor drains.

*July 24th drains were installed by Corner Hardware crew.

*August 3rd dirtwork was readied for concrete.

Framework - The framework for the walls of the new Correctionville grocery store now under construction reveal rapid progress on the project, which is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.
*August 24th 30 volunteers showed up to help pour and level the cement for the store's floor and parking lot, with 110 yards of concrete poured that day.

*August 26th the walls start going up.

*Sept. 13 Roof joists and rafters go up.

*Sept 14th Roof plywood installed.

*Sept. 19th shingles are applied by Deeds Construction.

Everyday more progress is being made on the store, which hopes to open by Thanksgiving.

Mark And Dawn McCrea will be managing the new store, and are signing a lease to purchase contract from the City. Locals will be hired to work there.

Up on the roof - Man and machine combined tasks to install the rafters for the new Mercantile Grocery Store in Correctionville.
Organizers say none of this would have been possible without the help of the local volunteers and CEDCORP, Inc. stepping up to the plate, some working every day on this project.

Daunting task - Workers labored precariously at times to shingle the roof of the new Mercantile Grocery Store in Correctionville recently.
With donations still sought, the next fundraiser is the Chilli Cookoff at Little Sioux Park, which is October 20th at the Shelter House. It coincides with "Halloween Weekend at the Park," so there will be other activities that day for the whole family to participate in.

Gaylen Knaack of CEDCORP, Inc. thanks all the volunteers for the hard work and dedication to the project. "Our community has really come together," said Knaack.

Other CEDCORP, Inc. members are Mike Smith, Brad Knaack, Gayle Jacobs, Bill Forbes, Mark Mathers, and Lois Duncan.

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