Grocery store to reopen after Iowa town saves it from closing permanently

The goal was $225,000, but citizens raised more than $233,000 in shares and donations.


Jewell Market is reopening soon thanks to the generosity of its customers.

"I want to give them something they can be proud of," said Garren Zanker, the new manager of the Jewell Market.

The store is where he had his first job at a kid, but it took a lot of work to get where he is now.

The owner for the last 20 years had to step down for health reasons. The next owner decided to close the market, but the town of Jewell didn't agree. Community members created a co-op of sorts and sold $400 shares to raise money to reopen the only grocery store in the town.

The goal was $225,000, but grateful citizens raised more than $233,000 in shares and donations. The store was gutted and new shelving was installed along with groceries for the shelves.

Now, opening day is two weeks away.

"I don't want to brag about it, but it seems like we are a close knit community," Zanker said. "The whole South Hamilton community, all four towns, and we seem to come together when there's a need, and we are going to support each other. And that's going to be my responsibility to make sure we can take care of that. Take care of everybody that's here."

The store opens July 1.