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6/27/2014 8:33:00 AM
Coontail Market set to open July 1
Coontail Market, a newly constructed market connected to the old Coontail Corner convenience store in Boulder Junction, will host a “soft open” July 1.Dean Hall photograph

Coontail Market, a newly constructed market connected to the old Coontail Corner convenience store in Boulder Junction, will host a “soft open” July 1.

Dean Hall photograph

By Michael Strasburg
of The Lakeland Times

The new Coontail Market, located right at the intersection of Park Street and Main Street in Boulder Junction, will hold its “soft opening” on July 1.

“Its going to be a full-line grocery store, with standard grocery fare,” said Steve Coon, co-founder of Coontail. “We’ll have a full fresh meat department, a deli, baked goods – everything that most people are accustomed to.”

The newly constructed market is connected to the old Coontail Corner convenience store, which will continue to operate, but under the new name.

“The convenience store was slowly turning into a grocery store, but it was woefully small. We felt the need to enlarge and there was no grocery store in the area, so it seemed like a logical fit for us,” Coon said. “We did a lot of research on it. The good thing is we already had the numbers from our old store – selling groceries in there – so it wasn’t like we were starting at zero. Thats how we ascertained that it was a viable business.”

Coon plans to open on July 1 so that the store will be able to provide for the Fourth of July crowd. A grand opening, however, will not occur until late summer or early fall because the store will only be about “95 percent complete” on July 1.

Once the finishing touches are put into place, the 10,000 square foot building will operate as a complete grocery store, which will match the needs of the Boulder Junction community well. Aside from meeting the grocery needs of the residents, Coon believes the new business will have a positive impact on the community.

“We’re certainly going to employ quite a few Boulder people, and to me that is the most important thing: employing people in the community.”

Michael Strasburg may be reached at mstrasburg@lakelandtimes.com.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014
Article comment by: Marni Brown

That's great that you'll hire a few locals. Are you going to ad match Wal-Mart and Trigs? or are you going to overcharge for tourists and the locals still suffer.

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