Within the next two weeks, New Auburn will again have a full-service convenience store.
The Brownton Co-op Ag Center bought the C-store in March, and currently has the pumps open for pay-at-the-pump service.
Brownton Co-op Ag Center General Manager Bruce Loeschen said the cooperative’s board began talking about possibly buying the closed store in January, and completed the purchase in February.
Assistant Manager Roger J. Trebbensee said the cooperative’s “agronomy and grain business stretches that way” into Sibley County, and the purchase of the C-store “helps capture something for that community.”
Loeschen said “there is a definite void there” regarding a place to buy gas and some groceries that the Ag Center felt it could help fill.
“We want to provide some good service for our patrons in that area,” said Trebbensee. “And it also gives them a chance to buy local.”
Since buying the store, the Ag Center did some renovation of the building, including new flooring and a new ceiling. It also ordered all new pumps, which were recently installed and went into operation this past Friday.
The store offers both gasoline and diesel, with 24-hour access through pay-at-the-pump debit and credit card readers.
For more, see the June 18 print edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.