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Downtown Grocery opens new pop-up store four months after fire Submitted: 01/29/2016
WAUSAU - Fans of organic food, rejoice.

Wausau's beloved small organic grocery store opened a pop-up shop in the Wausau Center Mall on Friday.


"We're a little tired but we're filled with energy from opening the store and seeing our wonderful customers come through the doors," said the store's co-owner Megan Curtes Korpela. She and her husband, Kevin Korpela, opened the store a few years ago on Third Street in downtown Wausau. 

Now nestled next to the Taco Johns, customers have been craving the store's unique food for months.

"I'm excited that it's back and of course came the first day I possibly could," said customer and former employee Haley Houghton. 

Back in September, a fire destroyed that original Third Street location.

Police say the fire started when a 16-year-old tossed a cigarette in a dumpster in the back.

Since then, the Wausau community has worked to support the local business. In December, Thrivent Financial hosted a benefit lunch for the Downtown Grocery employees at Thrive Foodery, a restaurant in Wausau. 

Friday's opening comes exactly four months to to the day the fire broke out.

The new store is called "Market by Downtown Grocery," and it has almost all its unique products. 

"You can get certain specialty item and certain specialty foods here that you can't get anywhere else in Wausau," said customer Cal Tillisch. "They also have the best salad bar in town and the best lunches. So it's a tragedy about the fire, but we're thrilled that they're back."

Later on, the owners plan to open a food bar across the food court in the mall. 

"So folks can serve themselves and then walk over to the market side and maybe pick up a drink or a bag of chips and fruit, and then pay at the register," Korpela said. 



Story By: Stephanie Haines

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