By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN The store may be new, but Prairie Liquor Cabinet manager Tony Tufto brings a wealth of experience to the business, and he is looking forward to sharing that experience with his customers and staff.
Prairie Liquor Cabinet is located in the former Lester’s Liquor site behind the former Depot gas station and convenience store just off McLeod County Road 1 in Lester Prairie.
Prior to accepting the position at Prairie Liquor Cabinet, Tufto, a Hutchinson resident, was employed at the Liquor Hutch in Hutchinson for nearly a decade. He said this gave him a lot of experience in liquor, beer, and wine, and he will pass this knowledge on to his employees.
Customer service will be the primary focus of the new store. Tufto looks forward to working with customers and helping them find products they will enjoy.
“I want them to be happy with their purchases, and come back again,” Tufto said.
He explained that although he is used to working in a larger store, Prairie Liquor Cabinet will carry a nice selection for a small store.
“We will be bringing in all of the most popular products,” Tufto said. He also encourages customers to ask for their favorite products if they do not find them on the shelf, and said the store will try to stock the items customers want.
When it comes to selecting a new wine for a special holiday celebration, or finding a new liquor or beer, Tufto and his staff will be happy to work with people and help them discover new products.
The store will be offering samples throughout its first week, and at other times in the future.
Owners Douglas and Sheila Jilek of Lester Prairie see the new venture as an opportunity to bring new business to Lester Prairie, as well as promoting local employment.
“We were lucky to find someone with his experience,” Sheila commented, referring to Tufto.
Tufto said the products will be priced competitively with other stores in the area, and Prairie Liquor Cabinet will run regular sales.
Douglas said the store will run a 10 percent off coupon in the Herald Journal newspaper and Shopper to give people an incentive to check out the new store.
“It will have a fresh new look, and a new selection,” Sheila commented.
Tufto said the store will also offer case discounts on liquor, and wine, and on purchases of 10 cases of beer.
Prairie Liquor Cabinet will host an official grand opening celebration at a time that is yet to be determined.
Tufto and the Jileks said that while they will strive to offer a good selection at competitive prices, their focus will always be on customer service, and they encourage people to let them know if they have requests or suggestions. They are committed to making Prairie Liquor Cabinet the place for area residents to go when they need to restock their own liquor cabinets.
Prairie Liquor Cabinet will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The phone number is (320) 395-2786.