After closing due to the pandemic on April 2, the doors to Mighty Mart reopened on Thursday, July 23, with a new owner.
“I didn’t want to drive out of town, so I bought myself a job. I didn’t think Arnold was ready to give Mighty Mart up. People have been coming in just to say thank you,” said Cheri Robbins, who was busy accepting deliveries of flowers and balloons from well-wishers, as well as serving happy customers.
Bob Nielsen established Mighty Mart in 1988 in an established building located at 101 North Carroll Street. Cheri began working at the convenience store 11 years ago and had been serving as manager.
Cheri said when she brought up the idea of buying the business, Bob gave her a price and they went for it.
“The name will remain the same,” she said. “It is a 30-year based business and we have a lot of customers that come from out of town.”
Cheri plans to bring Mighty Mart into the 21st Century. She now accepts debit and credit cards and the building now has WI-FI. She has taken the office wall down, increasing more flow into the kitchen. Three sinks for washing, rinsing and sanitizing have been installed and she plans to put in a grill, new fryers and a hood.
“I have several things in mind and will get there gradually. I’m taking baby steps,” she said.
The only change that will be made to the menu is lunch and dinner entrees – such as lasagna and spaghetti -will now be homemade.
Mighty Mart will employ about five people. One employee, who has been there three years, plans to stay to work with Cheri.
Hours will be: Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
“Mighty Mart has been a strong part of the community over the years,” she said. “We donated all of the ice for SORC and donate for proms. We are part of the community and with me living here and my granddaughter growing up here, we can become more of a part of the community of Arnold.”
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