Powerball winners build grocery store for their small town

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BONDURANT, Iowa — In just a few short weeks, people in Bondurant, Iowa, won’t have to leave town to get their groceries.

A new grocery store called Brick Street Market and Cafe will be open for business by the first week of April.

The store was built by Brian and Mary Lohse, who won a $202 million Powerball jackpot in 2012.

It’s their second major project in the town of 4,000 along with a new high school football stadium set to open in the fall.

Courtesy KCCI-TV. Mary and Brian Lohse won the Powerball jackpot in 2012 and are now opening a grocery store in their small town.

Courtesy KCCI-TV.
Mary and Brian Lohse won the Powerball jackpot in 2012 and are now opening a grocery store in their small town.

“Having a store that’s within walking distance for some people and a short driving distance for others is a major step for a community that’s growing,” said Brian Loese, the co-owner.

Follow WHO-TV’s report on the new store, which will employ about 60 people from around the area.

It cost about $4.5 million to build.

Bondurant is about 14 miles northeast of Des Moines. Right now residents have to drive out of Bondurant to get their staples, unless they can find what they need at the convenience store.

“I didn’t do anything to earn it,” she said of winning the jackpot. “I just bought a ticket … so in my mind it’s not my money. It’s shared with everyone. Everyone can benefit,” said Mary Lohse to Omaha.com.

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