ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Bowman residents have a new place to shop

BOWMAN--Bowman residents now have a new place to get all of their grocery shopping done now that Bronson's Marketplace is up and running. Kim Kessler, co-owner of the store, said so far business has been good and that they have received a lot of ...

Bowman residents now have a new place to get all of their grocery shopping done now that Bronson’s Marketplace is up and running. (Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press)
Bowman residents now have a new place to get all of their grocery shopping done now that Bronson’s Marketplace is up and running. (Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press)

BOWMAN-Bowman residents now have a new place to get all of their grocery shopping done now that Bronson's Marketplace is up and running.

Kim Kessler, co-owner of the store, said so far business has been good and that they have received a lot of support from the community.

"We wanted to try and bring something to this area, and we need everybody's support, so it's been great," she said.

The project broke ground in July 2016 and finished right on schedule with the grand opening being held on Feb. 22.

"The Wienermobile was coming Feb. 22, so we had to be open," Kim's son Logan said with a laugh.

ADVERTISEMENT

The store, which was designed by Design Build Solutions, features wide aisles and multiple laid out sections, including a homemade smoked meats section and a hot and cold deli with fresh lunchmeat available for people to take home as well as hot foods such as chicken for lunchtime. The store also has a liquor store attached to it.

The grocery store has a self-serve Caribou Coffee machine where people can choose what kind of drink to make and then have it dispensed in a matter of minutes. The customer simply has to swipe their credit card in order to pay, rather than having to go up front or having to talk to a barista.

"People love it," Kim said. "... It's a quick way to come in and get a quick coffee. You can just run your credit card and then leave."

Nearly all produce and cold items are behind a door in an effort to make the building more energy efficient and keep the product fresh for the customers.

The family also owns a store in Beulah with the same name. Kim said the store is named after her father, Rich Bronson, who started the business in 1979. Her family grew up working in the store and then in 2002 she and her husband bought the business. Kim said they wanted to expand into the Bowman area because they felt there was an opportunity and a need.

"It seemed like the people wanted something else," said Logan, who works at the store. "They needed something else like this, they needed an expansion like this. It boosts the community it seems like."

The family said the community has been supportive of the project since the beginning and that they hope the store keeps people shopping locally, rather than having to go to box stores such as Walmart in Dickinson.

"If it helps the community that's even better," Logan said. "... The biggest thing is the people, that's the best thing I've thought about it. It's been really welcoming and understanding for us getting up and going and the process we go through. It's not perfect right now, but we hope to get there."

ADVERTISEMENT

Kim said right now one of their biggest struggles is trying to keep up with everything as they continue to stock shelves and enter it all into the system.

The store wants to be flexible to customers' wants and needs, so they stock a lot of gluten-free items and will listen to customer feedback about various products.

"We don't have anyone else to answer to, it's just us," Kim said. "So if someone wants this kind of peanut butter instead of this organic peanut butter that we carry, we can get it. That's something we can hang our hats on I guess."

In the future Kim said they would like to be able to host events in their large parking lot or in the store's liquor store, however, for now she said they are just trying to get into a routine.

"(We want) to get established and stay established," Logan said. "Just keep up with what we have right now and just get the help we need."

Kim said although they have been busy so far, it feels nice knowing that people are pleased with the store.

"People are just happy," she said. "People walk in and just smile, they just say, 'I can't believe we're in Bowman.'"

ADVERTISEMENT

What To Read Next
Louis and Cyril Keller are the inventors of the Bobcat skid-steer loader and were selected as 2023 inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Benson and Turner Foods will process cattle and hogs at Waubun, Minnesota, on the White Earth Reservation with the help of a USDA grant.
The Kinderkidz daycare and preschool is tentatively set to open their third location, the second in Dickinson, this Thursday.
A recent $30,000 per acre land sale in Sioux County, Iowa, sends signals into the land market in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and even as far away as Indiana.