Toulon Lions learn about plans for new store

TOULON – Graphic designer Kurt Loncka of Toulon told the Toulon Lions about progress toward creation of the new Ben & Julie’s store at the club’s regular meeting this past week.
Loncka gave the Lions a virtual tour via computer projection of the layout for the 3,600 square foot store, whose motto is “not a grocery, better.”
Ben & Julie’s will feature meals to go, both hot and frozen; lots of fresh things like produce as well as meats from the Wyanet Locker; a handsome café with food service from early morning to evening; a delicatessen; curbside delivery for grain truck drivers, coffee-on-the-go for people headed to work and much more.
Loncka said the store will serve the needs and wishes of local and area residents, based on the observations and experience of Julie Henderson and Ben Steinbach, who have two decades of store management experience.
The store is to be located on East Main Street in the former Durbin Hardware and later Franklin Small Engine Repair building. The basement of this structure also served in the 1950s during the Cold War as a bomb shelter, never needed. Thus, the floor is of about one foot of solid concrete.
After renovations, the store is expected to open by late summer.
Ben & Julie’s has been incorporated as the Toulon Market LLC. Persons interested in purchasing shares at $500 may learn more from Julie Henderson at (309) 854-3790 or by emailing Ben Steinbach at [email protected]

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