SWANVILLE – Swan Lake Grocery is the closest grocery store for Swanville and surrounding area residents. In October of 2020, the store was destroyed after a car crashed into the building and caught fire.
“It was very difficult again to know that our community was suffering the loss that they had to travel other places to get their needs,” said Deb Newcomb, owner of Swan Lake Grocery.
“It was difficult just driving by the store and know what’s happened and seeing it damaged. It was difficult to see,” said James Taylor, a resident of Swanville.
Deb and her husband, Rob Newcomb, who have owned the business for over 40 years, knew they had to get back to serving their customers.
“We rebuilt because we wanted the community to have a store,” Deb said.
“We gutted the complete building and had to rebuild it and get all the equipment and everything done in a timely manner,” Rob said. “My crews, my construction crews and everybody that worked on the project did a fantastic job.”
After months of rebuilding, the store reopened on Wednesday.
“It’s great to be back to work, great to be open, great to have our customers back and be serving our community,” Rob said. “It’s a terrific feeling.”
Customers are also excited to be able to push their carts down the store’s aisles once again.
“The people are really good. They’re just very helpful,” said Sandra Degraff of Morrill. “You get what you want, so that’s what’s important in a grocery store, and they have everything you need. I don’t have any problems here.”
“It looks fantastic. It’s much brighter. It’s clean, and it looks nice,” said Donna Kingsbury, a Frankfort resident.
As for the future, Deb and Rob want the store to keep serving their community.
“My husband wants to retire within the next year and a half,” Deb said. “Moving forward, that would be ultimately, that’s the right goal, to find the right fit for the community.”
For now, their emotions are far different than they were last October.