Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 29, 2003

Football team tackles new project: remodeling grocery store

By Ryan Gueningsman

Assemble an "army" and anything can be accomplished.

Carey Nelson, the new owner of the Lester Prairie grocery store, found that out when he invited the Lester Prairie Bulldog football team to come after their practice Wednesday evening to do some moving.

About 25 of the players came in and tore out almost all of the old shelving, as well as several old coolers that are not going to be used in the new store.

"By having them come in, we saved about $5,000 that we would have had to pay someone else to do," Nelson said.

Nelson is working with coach Joe Scoblic to get the team to come in one more time to take out several more walls and coolers.

The suspended ceiling that is in the building will be taken out, with new tiles being put in that have the look of the old tin ceilings, Nelson said. There will also be an entirely new floor put in.

Refrigeration will begin being installed this week, in addition to choosing a final contractor. Nelson also hopes to get the plumbing and electrical work going as soon as possible, as well as putting in new windows and doors.

"We've also bought state-of-the-art equipment that is three years old," Nelson said. He purchased the equipment the day before an auction was to take place at a store that had closed.

"We got $400,000 worth of equipment for $62,000," he said.

"Everybody will be hired locally," Nelson said. "We are still looking for produce, dairy, and meat managers."

He will hire about 15 to 20 full- and part-time employees. Applications will be posted outside of the building in the near future for people to pick up and fill out if interested, he said.

Persons interested in employment can also contact Nelson at (320) 848-2083.

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