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Downtown Grocery is NOW OPEN!

* Downtown Grocery RE-OPENED Tuesday, August 29, 2017!

Downtown Grocery re-opened Tuesday 8/29/17, that's 23 months after the day of the fire. Stop in to say hello and check out our new space! Enjoy selections from the Food Bar and relax in our new second floor! Find many new, unique, and fun products, and watch our inventory grow even more as we head into Fall! See you soon in our all-new old-home on the 600 Block of Third Street. We're happy to be home!

We started moving back home on Wednesday, August 16, 2017! The day previous, Tuesday, August 15, we closed our temporary location in the Wausau Center Mall and began the move back home. Basically, we moved an entire store three blocks from the 300 Block to Third St to the 600 Block of Third St, then re-organized it all in the new space while adding new product. It's been a fun time!

The Wausau Center Mall had been "our home away from home" since opening in January 2016. We began looking for a temporary home soon after the fire and we we're pleased to open a fully functioning operation in the mall in less than three months and here's a big "Thank you" for being our home away from home! Read the wonderful article in the Wausau Daily Herald about our move home, Downtown Grocery to move back to Third Street two years after fire

Read more (see construction photos, too) about Building and Rebuilding to transform our original home!

The 2015 fire lead to a temporary home, then a re-construction, and now our return home!Our temporary home, Market & Food Bar by Downtown Grocery, was located in the food court at the Wausau Center Mall, just four blocks south of our original home (607 Third St) at corner of Third St (Wausau's Main Street) and Washington St at the front door to the Mall. The food court location opened in January 2016 and has now since closed on Tuesday August 15, 2017, as we began the process to return home. The 2015 fire was extinguished quickly, thankfully, no one was hurt. Starting in January 2016, we worked to create a plan to return home and on September 20, 2016, we started the construction to rebuild the historic building! Thank you for the community support that has helped us "Stay Positive!" Click the news links below to read more about our journey from the night of the fire to the start of construction, and now to the announcement that we're returning home!

Thank you! Kevin & Megan

- 8/22/17, WJFW TV-12, Rising from the ashes, city & state leaders celebrate Downtown Grocery's return
- 8/22/17, WSAW TV-7, Downtown Grocery featured during Wisconsin Main Street Day celebration
- 8/22/16, WAOW TV-9, Wausau recognized as part of Wisconsin Main Street Day
- 8/22/17, Wausau Daily Herald, Photos of the Wausau River District celebrating Main Street Day
- 8/16/17, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery to move back to Third Street two years after fire
- 8/16/17, WSAW TV-7, Downtown Grocery begins transitioning back to former location
- 8/16/17, Wausau Pilot and Review, Downtown Grocery to relocated as renovation nears completion
- 5/15/17, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery renovations on track for fall opening
- 5/13/17, WSAW TV-7, Sneak Peek: Downtown Grocery shows off inside after fire
- 9/22/16, The City Pages, Downtown Grocery rebuilding
- 9/20/16, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery launches post-fire remodel
- 9/20/16, WSAW TV-7, Downtown Grocery rebuild to include new dining loft
- 9/20/16, WAOW TV-9, Downtown Grocery starts renovation after fire
- 8/12/16, Wausau Daily Herald, [Scroll to middle: owner donates to city, city transfers ownership to DG]
- 8/11/16, WSAW TV-7, Downtown Grocery moving back downtown
- 8/10/16, WAOW TV-9, [Text] Building donated to Downtown Grocery
- 8/10/16, WAOW TV-9, [Video] Building donated to Downtown Grocery
- 2/24/16, WJFW TV-12, Wausau's Downtown Grocery opens food bar
- 2/24/16, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery opens food bar in mall
- 2/12/16, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery raises $1,500 for charity
- 1/29/16, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery opens new digs
- 1/29/16, WSAW TV-7, Downtown Grocery temporary store finally opens in Wausau Center Mall
- 1/29/16, WJFW TV-12, Downtown Grocery opens new pop-up store four months after fire
- 1/28/16, WSAW TV-7, Downtown Grocery to open temporary store in new home Friday
- 1/27/16, WSAU 550 AM, Downtown Grocery's temporary site opens Friday morning
- 1/27/16, WAOW TV-9, Wausau grocery store to open after September fire
- 1/27/16, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery to open in mall Friday
- 12/13/15, WJFW TV-12, Wausau businesses host benefit for Downtown Grocery employees
- 12/13/15, WSAW TV-7, Community rallies behind Downtown Grocery employees
- 12/13/15, EastPainters.Blogspot, Students painting for a charity
- 12/11/15, EastPainters.Blogspot, Painting for Community Project
- 12/11/15, EastPainters.Blogspot, Painting for the Downtown Grocery & Wausau Community
- 12/11/15, WSAW TV-7, Students paint for a good cause
- 12/11/15, WSAW TV-7, Wausau East students design art project supporting local business
- 12/10/15, WAOW TV-9, Downtown Grocery gives back to community through art
- 12/8/15, WSAU 550 AM Downtown Grocery preparing temporary home in the mall
- 12/8/15, WSAW TV-7, Downtown Grocery to open temporary location in Wausau Mall
- 12/8/15, Wausau Daily Herald, Downtown Grocery to open temporarily in mall
- 12/8/15, WAOW TV-9, Downtown Grocery to open temporary Wausau location
- 12/1/15, Eventbrite, Downtown Grocery Staff Benefit
- 12/1/15, Wherevent, Benefit for Downtown Grocery employees
- 12/1/15, Wausau Daily Herald, Benefit planned for grocery employees
- 12/1/15, WAOW TV-9, Benefit set to help workers affected by fire at Wausau business
- 10/5/15, WSAU 550 AM, Wausau's Downtown Grocery fire caused by negligence
- 10/5/15, WSAW TV-7, Community helps keep shop owners positive
- 10/5/15, WAOW TV-9, Teen discarding cigarette ignites downtown Wausau fire
- 10/5/15, WAOW TV-9, Cleanup at Downtown Grocery continues after fire
- 10/3/15, Wausau Daily Herald, Crews begin work on Downtown Grocery recovery
- 10/1/15, WAOW TV-9, Businesses come together to help three stores damaged from Wausau fire
- 9/30/15, WI Rapids Tribune, None injured in Downtown Grocery fire
- 9/30/15, Wausau Daily Herald, Businesses rally after Downtown Grocery fire
- 9/29/15, Fox Sports Wausau, Explosion & fire damages 3rd Street businesses in Wausau Tuesday
- 9/29/15, WJFW TV-12, No injuries after fire in downtown Wausau
- 9/29/15, WAOW TV-9, Fire damages two businesses in downtown Wausau

We sincerely thank the community for being so supportive with kind words and donations as we rebuild from this tough situation. We thank everyone involved directly in the recovery process, beginning with the first responders and including our wonderful employees, as all have shown a sense of urgency, problem solving and politeness! Many people have asked how they may help, we've two immediate items:

1. Stay Positive!
2. Share with all you know that we're working to re-open Downtown Grocery for the supportive community, our many local vendors, and our creative employees.

Thank you,

Kevin Korpela & Megan Curtes Korpela
Phone 715-848-9800 Email kevinkorpela@gmail.com
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Wausau Local Organic Fresh Foods

1 "Get your groceries* downtown at Downtown Grocery!"
* plus fruits, vegetables, dairy, non-dairy, meat, meatless, artisan and Wisconsin cheeses, bulk foods, frozen foods,
beauty, wellness, beer, wine, liquor, prepared foods, plenty of seating, easy parking (over 3000 spaces in ramps or on street.)
2 An "old-fashioned grocery"™ with Local and Organic Groceries and a Fresh Food Market
           offering Vegetarian World-Inspired Kitchen, Food Bar (Hot Bar, Salad Bar, Olive Bar,) and Bakery!

3 We're an "Everyday Farmers Market"™ offering fresh, local, certified-organic, natural, bulk,
           and raw foods to support our regional "Foodshed" (like a "watershed".)

4 Dine-in, Carry-out, it's Healthy Food, Fast! Enjoy world-inspired foods "Made in our Kitchen!"
           Enjoy fast-food for Lunch and Dinner!

5 Located on Wausau's "Main Street" this "old-fashioned grocery"™ offers a Fresh Food Market
           for every meal to connect place with people, strengthen farm to markets, and reinforce downtown!

6 Featuring unique bakery selections:
           - Downtown Grocery Bakeshop - old-fashioned & innovative selections from breads to brittles
           - Be Well Bakeshop - UPDATE: Be Well is not currently operating.
* Downtown Grocery, an earth-friendly community place to share ideas and grow a local food economy.