Victoria’s Market Opens

It seemed a scene from a Harry Potter movie, but it wasn’t Albus Dumbledore with the wand.  It was St. Victoria’s Father Bob White blessing the new grocery store in Victoria, as well as the store’s staff and the large crowd that showed up for the ribbon cutting on Monday morning, May 4th.

A group photo of the new staff ready for the doors to open for business.

That’s Rick Stucki on the far right, an owner-partner of the business.

Store Manager Will Jedlicka said it normally takes six months to open a grocery store.  “We did it in six weeks,” he stated, and he credited the hard work and energy of Rick Stucki.

Mayor Tom O’Connor pointed out it was exactly one year ago that Fresh Seasons Market closed.  “That was a dark day,” he said.  “One year later we have the new Lakeside Building, City Hall, and Library open on the north edge of downtown and Victoria’s Market on the south edge.  It’s a good day.”

Said Father Bob, “This isn’t just about food and groceries and supporting your local business.  It’s about community and love and friendship.”

Rick’s hardworking partner and wife, Janney Stucki, listened from the sidelines.

Tom Wartman, landlord and owner of the building, greets Father Bob.

Former Mayor Dave Kocka visits the store’s Wellness Department.  Victoria’s Market wants to be a community resource to wellness that is welcoming and inspiring with vitamins, minerals, herbs, antioxidants, homeopathy, amino acids, aromatherapy, and more.

The bulk section at Victoria’s Market is the largest in the area, said Will Jedlicka, and boasts 15 different kinds of rice, custom roasted coffee, and 200 other bulk products.

Hi, Randy Miller.  Nobody works harder to promote downtown Victoria and the numerous events than Randy Miller, president of the Victoria Business Association. 

My camera gets the biggest smiles.