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Cahoy confident in Tyndall grocery store

TYNDALL -- Dan Cahoy isn't worried about taking over the Tyndall grocery store despite its recent history of struggles. Cahoy plans to reopen the recently closed store on March 27, and will host an open house at 7 p.m. tonight at the Tyndall Comm...

Dan Cahoy and his wife, Trisha, plan to reopen Tyndall's grocery store on March 27. An open house is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Tyndall Community Auditorium. (Submitted photo)
Dan Cahoy and his wife, Trisha, plan to reopen Tyndall's grocery store on March 27. An open house is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at the Tyndall Community Auditorium. (Submitted photo)

TYNDALL - Dan Cahoy isn't worried about taking over the Tyndall grocery store despite its recent history of struggles.

Cahoy plans to reopen the recently closed store on March 27, and will host an open house at 7 p.m. tonight at the Tyndall Community Auditorium to answer questions and introduce himself to the community. The business will operate under the name Cahoy's General Store and act as a "full service grocery store" with a deli.

An owner of two other grocery stores in Bonesteel and Lake Andes, Cahoy said Thursday he is confident his business model will be successful in Tyndall, too.

"I think we've had good luck with support in the areas we're in, so hopefully it can run the same way (in Tyndall)," Cahoy said. "I think if we run our stores like we've been doing, we'll be OK."

Tyndall's store, formerly called CashSmart, closed Jan. 31 following a long term inability to make a profit. Owner R.F. Buche went public with the stores' struggles in September, desperate for a solution to insufficient spending from shoppers in Tripp, Tyndall and Scotland. He told citizens that sales needed to increase by 50 percent at each store by the end of 2017, a feat that proved too difficult and the Tripp and Tyndall locations closed.

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And that wasn't the first time in recent memory the stores faltered.

All three of the stores closed in April 2017 with less than a week's notice.

But with the community's support, Cahoy is confident his venture in Tyndall will be a success.

Cahoy's parents, Steve and Kathy Cahoy, opened Bonesteel's grocery store in 1986, so he grew up in the business and knew from the start he wanted to make it his profession. Then, in 2011, he and his wife Trisha took over in Bonesteel, where he lives, and approximately one year ago opened his Lake Andes location.

Coincidentally, Cahoy said he wasn't looking to branch out again, but when investors from Tyndall came looking for advice about how to run the store on their own, he provided much more - an offer to buy the business.

"We went down there and he showed us some stuff and we learned a lot, then I'll be danged a week later he called and said he might be interested in running it himself," said Ron Wagner, Tyndall Economic Development Board president. "It's wonderful and we're just so happy this is coming together."

Now Cahoy and a crew of volunteers are working furiously to get Cahoy's General Store ready for its grand opening. The renovation includes installation of additional freezer space, new LED lights and a paint job, Cahoy said.

"We've gotten a lot of compliments and a lot of people are volunteering and helping in the store already," Cahoy said. "We're looking forward to it."

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The store is accepting applications for cashiers, stockers and an assistant manager. To apply, people should email Cahoy at dancahoy@gmail.com or visit www.cahoys.com .

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