Battle between two stores is beginning in HawleyHawley, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a prime example of the battle between shopping local and big box retail separated just by Highway 10 in Hawley.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a prime example of the battle between shopping local and big box retail separated just by Highway 10 in Hawley.
That's where a new Dollar General popped up on one side with the town's only grocery store on the other.
Eric Renner/Hawley Shopper: “We love it.”
Tony's Supervalu has been a road-side staple in Hawley for as long as most customers can remember.
Tony Laddusaw/tony’s Supervalu Owner: “We've got everything they need”
Providing the town's freshest foods while striving to keep that small town feel
Renner: “You're not overwhelmed with 1,600 of the same
Laddusaw: “We're Hawley's only grocery store... Haha kind of now.”
Tony's parents bought the business back in 1979, but just this week, competition opened its doors, setting up shop right across the street.
Mike Footitt/Dollar General Store Manager: “We've been received very well”
Robin Thompson/Lake Eunice: “I've been waiting for it to open.”
The crowds have been steady.
Gary Johnson/Hawley Mayor: “A lot of people coming in to see.”
Coming to see the store's mix of dollar and general items, including groceries,
Johnson: “It's like a miniature Wal-Mart of Shopko.”
Laddusaw: “They're a big box company. They've got 10,000 stores in the United States. It's pretty tough, me being an independent, to fight against a big guy like that.”
But fight he will, pushing past this first week,
"Sales are down a little bit"
With a long standing reputation to back him up.
Footitt: "I think it's good for the both of us. I think we're going to be able to feed off each other"
To keep customers coming to both sides of the highway.
Renner: I'm actually heading over there after I get done here, just to kind of see what's there.
Johnson: It's all about competition"
Both stores agree that Hawley's growth, with businesses and people is a good thing.