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Gary Little Store completes expansion

The recent opening of the new Gary Little Store completes a $1.4 million construction project which more than doubles the size of the facility to over 3,200 square feet. The original Little Store was housed in the service bay of Gary gas station ...

The recent opening of the new Gary Little Store completes a $1.4 million construction project which more than doubles the size of the facility to over 3,200 square feet. The original Little Store was housed in the service bay of Gary gas station built in 1952.

"People in Gary, like everywhere else, enjoy the convenience of shopping close to home. We rebuilt the Gary Little Store - offering an expanded selection of goods including many more grocery items - to give the community a place to shop that is nearby," said Mike McKinney, Little Store director of operations.

Besides more groceries, the mix of products is intended to fill immediate consumer needs by supplying items not available in Gary: fast food choices have been increased and live bait added to supply St. Louis Bay fishing enthusiasts.

The Gary Little Store is the first area station whose gas islands feature pumps with 10-inch TV screens. This new technology is very user friendly offering the customer helpful suggestions, plus updates on in-station specials.

The Little Stores presently has 21 locations spread throughout northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. The first Little Store opened in 1971 in Cloquet.

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