Cascade welcomes new grocery store in time for storm - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Cascade welcomes new grocery store in time for storm

CASCADE (KWWL) -- We're now experiencing our first winter storm of 2010. Typically people stock up on necessities before a storm, but for some eastern Iowans, that meant a dangerous drive.

Before Wednesday, if people in Cascade wanted groceries, they had to drive about 20 miles to either Monticello or Dyersville, or 30 miles to Dubuque, plus the return trip. But Wednesday night that changed, just in time for this storm.

Typically any grocery store is going to be busy the night before a storm but on Wednesday night Brothers Market in Cascade was busy for a different reason.

The night before the storm. Brothers Market was packed.

"Things are flying off the shelves," said Store Manager Chris Payne.

But the thing about this grocery store, it's only been open a few hours.

"We opened our doors at 1 and it's been a steady flow since then. Obviously with the storm it's presented some challenges but with everybody's patience we've been working though it," said Jared DeVries.

DeVries is the co-owner of Brothers Market and Detroit Lions defensive-end, former Hawkeye, Jared DeVries greeted shoppers. Some stopping to stock up and other just checking out their new super market; the first one this town has seen in more than four years.

"Just look around. People are excited to have this store and its' a great opportunity for them," said Payne.

And speaking of opportunities, ask anyone over at River Bend Retirement Community and you'll understand why.

"If you're gonna have company just go there and get chicken or whatever you want. It's just the convenience that's outta this world," said Connie Stewart.

"Well I'm diabetic I need some ritz crackers and peanut butter and things like that," said Jerry Westemeier.

And the cooks here agree. Brother market will be convenient.

"You know no matter what, you can make a list and things. But if you wanna try and make something news you're gonna need something in a recipe and you're gonna be without something," said Liz Decker.

So, on the night before a storm, people in Cascade won't be going without "something", thanks to a convenient place like this.

Believe it or not Wednesday night's opening was supposed to be a "dry run" and it turned out to be the opposite.

The DeVries brothers also built a grocery store in Parkersburg after a tornado destroyed the previous one. By the way, brothers market is open seven days a week. They plan to have an official grand opening later this month.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

Follow Lauren on Twitter.

Powered by Frankly