by Deb Price
On February 14, 2020, Scott Biggs and Ken Riley became owners of a building in Eureka. The site had been vacant for approximately 20 years according to the partners. Ken Riley grew up in Eureka and remembers working at the location called Shades Mall in the early 80’s.
Home Town General Store officially opened on Friday, April 16, 2021. The newly renovated store literally has everything and I mean everything. When you walk in, you will immediately notice the vast number of memorabilia items displayed throughout the store including items from the early 1900’s that represent Eureka. “The locals have brought in items to display nearly every day, it’s really awesome,” explained Riley.
The partners have lots of experience. Scott has 12 years of grocery experience and since 1996 to current works in communications. Ken also brings to the table grocery experience he learned from a former boss, Ed Daggett. “We have been amazed by the warm welcome we have gotten from the people in Eureka and the surrounding areas. We look forward to serving the people here for years to come,” explained Scott.
The shelves and display cases are filled with virtually anything you can think of or need. They have grocery, produce, frozen food, dairy, frozen novelty ice cream as well as 1/2 gallons of Hudsonville and Deans ice cream, home-made sandwiches and so much more. On Thursdays they get in fresh ground burger. In the candy isle, one can find not only all the favorites of today, but you can pick up a roll of the old time favorite “Neccos”, not that’s old school. They even sell Night Crawlers. “We tell our customers, if we do not have what you are looking for, we will get it,” explained Ken.
The store also offers Lottery, fax and copy service and accepts all credit cards ($5 minimum purchase). Home Town General will also have available for purchase, beer, wine and liquor once their license is in place. The store will also be offering homemade pizza and will have an ATM installed.
Home Town General Store is located at 7906 N. Welling Road (across from the Post Office) in Eureka. Tentative Hours are Mon-Thurs 8am-9pm, Fri & Sat 8am-10pm and on Sunday 9am-7pm. They may be reached at (989)224-1929 or found on Facebook.
Stop in and step back in time.
Deb Price is the Editor and Publisher of The Meridian Weekly