Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:18
Value-oriented Union Dollar will offer customers old-time atmosphere, Sunday shopping hours
General stores are typically a thing of the past, but that isn’t going to stop Dawn Anderson and Christy Snyder from opening one in Cedar Grove.
The two will manage Union Dollar, billed as an old fashioned general store in the heart of town that should be opening soon.
“We probably won’t have a grand opening until Holland Fest at the end of the month, but we’ll be open before that,” Anderson said.
The store, at 100 S. Main St. in the former Pannier’s Cake building, will sell everything from brownie mix and cold medicine to old fashioned candies in buckets and party supplies.
“A lot of people see the name of the store and might think we’re a dollar store, but we are not,” Anderson said. “We want to be a store where the dollar means savings.”
The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Being open on Sundays in Cedar Grove is uncommon, but Anderson said she asked village officials and received no push back.
In addition to general items, the store plans to sell a variety of novelty items for children to “grab and go,” Anderson said.
“We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback and I think people are excited,” she said.
The store’s website isn’t running yet, but its Facebook page is up and people can call the store to get a sense of when it may open.
One feature Anderson is excited about is the store will deliver personal items to the assisted-living facilities in the area.
“A lot of the residents get their personal items from family members and sometimes those family members live far away,” she said. “What we’ll do is allow people to order items through us and we’ll deliver it to them.”
Anderson said the store is also planning to partner with the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District to create “bundles” of school supplies specific to each grade level.
Parents will then be able to buy the bundles for their children without having to travel to Sheboygan or Saukville, like they have in the past.
Pre-orders will be taken up to July 20, Anderson said.
The store will also feature a customer loyalty program and a mural of Cedar Grove painted on a set of double doors inside the store.
Anderson said she’d like to partner with the community and hold brat frys and other fundraisers outside the store.
“We believe everything is priced very well and nothing is over the top,” Anderson said. “The store’s interior will give a feel of stores of year’s past.
“We’re going to embrace the community and do as much as we possibly can.”