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UPDATE: New grocery store going in downtown Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) - There's been talk for years about getting a grocery store downtown, now it's finally going to happen.  

On Wednesday, the City of Eau Claire announced a grocery store will be moving into the Phoenix Park Neighborhood.  Charly's Market is expected to open in October.  It's expected to create around ten jobs. 

Carolyn Miller remembers working at Kerm's on Water Street. 

"I really liked the feel of working in a smaller grocery store, got to know a lot of customers and a lot of people in the area," says Carolyn Miller, owner of Charly's Market. 

Miller wanted to bring that same atmosphere downtown. 

"There's a lot of single people in the area that aren't going to be doing major grocery shopping, so to come down and get a gallon of milk, a box of cereal, pick up some bread and meat and a couple of deli items," says Miller. 

Developers have been looking to add a grocer in the in mix for a number of years. 

"I just looked back in my notes and my first meeting with a grocer was in 2006 to accomplish this, when Carolyn came along and I saw the light at the end of the tunnel that this was going to work, I really was excited," says Jeff Moeding, president of Moeding Partners, LLC. 

Mike Schatz, the City of Eau Claire Economic Development Director, says this could help attract more businesses to the area. 

"We think this fits in very well, we think it will show other young entrepreneurs that it's a possibility, having a food source for the residential component, we feel it's important to bring more and more people living the vicinity of downtown," says Schatz. 

The store will be 4,200 square feet, a little smaller than the old Kerm's.  Miller says she doesn't want to take business from Just Local Food or the downtown farmer's market, but hopes to compliment them. 

"Phoenix Park with the Farmer's Market, I'm going to offer specialty meats and deli and I think that will compliment very well, the produce they have there," says Miller. 

With one more item checked of the list of needs downtown, the city is looking ahead to some other ideas. 

"It's definitely the missing link, I guess the other one would be a restaurant on the river, so that's the next one we have to fill," says Schatz. 

A grant from the city's redevelopment authority helped make the store possible.  Miller picked Charly's Market because it's easy to remember and has unique spelling.  Charly is also the name of her black lab.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The City of Eau Claire has announced a new grocery store is going in downtown Eau Claire.

The city held a press conference Wednesday morning. It says the new 4,200 square-foot store will be built on Madison Street and should open sometime in October. The store will hire 10 employees.

WQOW News 18 will have more on the new project here on www.wqow.com and Wednesday night on its evening newscasts.


Downtown Eau Claire Press Release:

People will have a new place to get groceries in Downtown Eau Claire! Carolyn Miller of Eau Claire has plans to open Charly's Market. The 4,200 square foot store will be located at 225 E. Madison Street.

The 25-year-old Miller, who worked at Kerm's since she was 15 until the store's closing in 2006, says the store will feature a high-quality meat department and meals that can be picked up quickly for those on the go! She says those in the meat and deli departments will work closely together to customize complimentary meals for anyone who asks!

"For people who don't have transportation, or who are close to downtown, it'll be great for them to come and get their weekly necessities." Miller says she'll carry some main grocery items, but doesn't want to interfere with the great products of the Farmer's Market and Just Local Foods.

There's still some electrical and other work being done at the site. Miller plans to open by October 1st. She will start out with about 10 employees. "I'm elated. I'm excited to bring this to Downtown Eau Claire."

Jeff Moeding, President of Moeding Partners, LLC, and owner of the building, will receive a $200,000 incentive package from the City of Eau Claire's Redevelopment Authority for bringing in a grocer to the downtown area. Moeding will, in turn, present that money to Miller for her store's operation.

Charly's Market is named after Miller's black lab, Charly.

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