Do-Mat’s opens new Benson grocery store

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The new Do-Mat’s Family Foods grocery store also houses Lewis Drug and Fischer Eye Center. It was a $3.5 million investment in the future of Do-Mat’s and the community.

Lewis Drug, Fischer Eye Center also in new building

“Wow!” is one of the most common expressions owners Tim and Carol Mattheisen, and store manager Matt Mattheisen, have heard as people walk through their new grocery store along the south side of U.S. 12 west in Benson.

It was just more than four months from when the first tree was removed Aug. 20 from the building site on which Do-Mat’s Family Foods now sits until the doors opened for business last Thursday.

“It looks like a Byerly’s or a Hy-Vee,” their customers are saying. “Like a store you would see in Minneapolis.”

The new $3.5 million store was four years in the planning and construction stages and houses three businesses. Do-Mat’s has 17,000 to 18,000-square-feet featuring a bakery and deli with a seating area, a drive-up coffee window, new coolers and freezers that are highly energy efficient, and lights that will save substantially on the electric bill. There will be more freshness to their products as well as expanded variety of grocery goods for customers. There is also a real customer appeal to the new store, Tim Mattheisen said.

It also will be a boost to Benson’s tax base with an estimated market value of $1.3 million.

Lewis Drug, which has just over 3,500 square feet, moved into the building from its downtown Benson location Wednesday. Fischer Eye was expecting to open in its new 2,400-square-foot office space the same day.

Currently, Do-Mat’s has 33 employees. However, that number could be changing if things stay as busy as they have been, Tim said....

 

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