FARGO - Daily’s Market is bringing the bread, milk and eggs back to downtown Fargo.
For downtown workers and residents who’ve been without a grocery and sundries shopping spot since Metro Drug closed nearly four years ago, the grab-and-go convenience store at 216 Broadway is a welcome addition to the streetscape.
“I think it was great. I thought it was needed,” Danyel Moe, the marketing manager for neighboring Others said Wednesday, May 1.
“The nearest convenience store is not very near at all,” Moe said.
“I think the idea is fantastic,” said Josh Goedtke, owner and manager of Twist.
Melissa Radermacher, president and CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership says owners Than and Charlotte Young definitely found a niche that needed to be filled.
“It’s pretty refreshing. It’s nice that there’s a place right in the core of downtown where you can get Band-Aids and a bag of Doritos and a soda or feminine products, so it’s wonderful for a one-stop shop for those essentials,” Radermacher said.
“It definitely has opportunity,” added Radermacher, who is impressed that the Youngs used their website and Facebook page to ask people what they should stock - then followed through.
“I love that! What a great marketing concept,” Radermacher said. “Interaction with the customer and really, kind of survey what the customer wants and needs. I think that’s great.”
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Daily’s Market opened Monday, April 29, after passing its health department inspection, Than Young said.
The name Daily’s Market sprang from the idea of creating a store for quick stops for daily essentials, such as milk, bread and eggs. In fact, the biggest seller so far - surprise, no surprise - has been milk, Young said.
“It’s all grab and go,” Young said.
The store has a spot to get fresh brewed coffee and there is an area where you can pull hot dogs, bratwursts or egg rolls from a heated roller. There are also Deli Express sandwiches.
On one wall is a bank of freezers and refrigeration units. The opposite wall has hand-built shelving holding over-the-counter medications, health and beauty products, chocolates and other items. A display of greeting cards is at the front of the store.
Twelve large portable shelving units hold much of the grocery offerings for the store. Several of the items are marked with tags featuring the names of the people who suggested that the store carry that item.
As Young gave his nickel tour of the shop, a lean, weathered old man, thanked Young for opening the store.
“I’m glad there’s a market downtown. I’m at the Graver,” said the man, who declined to give his name. “I hope you guys are here a long time.”
There isn’t a drug store in Daily’s Market, though the Youngs also own Napoleon Drug in Napoleon, N.D., more than 170 miles southwest of Fargo. That drug store is run by Charlotte, the pharmacist in the family.
In addition to the Broadway entrance, there is also an entrance from Roberts Alley.
“With the new construction going on, we thought it would be good timing” to open a convenience store downtown, Young said.
Beyond the offices, stores and apartments that already make up the downtown, directly across Broadway from Daily’s Market, the Block 9 tower is going up at a pace of a floor every two weeks. Young sees not only scores of construction workers who need quick lunch and grocery items now, but knows there will be hundreds of workers, hotel guests and residents populating Block 9 when it’s finished. All potential customers.
“The timing was right. We’re just taking a chance,” Young said.
The Youngs have five children, the youngest of which is in eighth grade, so Young said he will commute between Fargo and Napoleon.
Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Young says the store will not be open Sundays.
Young, a chef by training, most recently managed a golf course in Napoleon, before focusing on the grocery business.
He had been thinking of moving to warmer climes and perhaps managing a golf course where winter doesn’t rule for five months of the year.
“I guess that will have to wait another 10 to 15 years,” the 53-year-old said.
City life - even small city life - will also be an adjustment.
Young was born in Vietnam, adopted at age 4, and brought to the United States, growing up in the Berlin, N.D., area.
“I’m used to the wide open spaces,” Young said.
Though he attended North Dakota State University for a while, farm country is part of him. Looking at the buildings along Broadway, he muses that city life “will take some getting used to again.”
But Young can take comfort in knowing his shop is already making other people feel more comfortable.
Yik Ping “Eric” Vhoo, a Minnesota State University Moorhead student, had a big grin on his face Wednesday as he took in the market's offerings.
Vhoo said the stock and layout of Daily’s Market made him feel like he was in a shop in his native Malaysia
“This is literally the layout of grocery shops in Malaysia,” Eric said. “It makes me feel at home.”