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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
How does a little corner grocery store compete with the big full service grocery store? Very well thank you, if you are Dave's Corner Market in Moab, Utah.
For 19 years Dave Sakrison has held court in his very popular little store. Dave had been in the business of selling mining supplies but when the uranium boom went bust, he had to find something else to do. His wife worked for a doctor who owned the building and so the two of them started a new career as retailers.
It was very obvious to me as I sat and visited with Mayor Dave (He's been Moab's Mayor for two years and served on the city council for 10 years,) that this is really THE place to meet, greet and solve the world's problems each morning. The neighborhood regulars come in each morning and choose from over 80 different coffees and a wide variety of Xanadu Teas.
The store is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Dave caters to the needs of the regular customers but also acts as a "filling station," pit stop and supplier to the many visitors who are heading to the slick-rock trails, the National Parks and the glorious surroundings of the area.
While I was sitting visiting with the Mayor, I watched a carload of cyclists come in and load up on power bars, bottled water and other goodies to take on the trail.
Though there is not a great deal of square footage in Dave's Corner Market, there is a good selection of frozen foods, fresh produce, canned goods, dairy products and all of the basics that you would need from a quick run to the store. I was really impressed with the variety that was available.
So, how has Dave managed to prosper all of these years? Well, it helps to have everybody in town know who you are. It also helps to offer great, friendly service and satisfy the needs and wants of your clientele.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.