Lottery winners to bring grocery store to town

Published On: Mar 08 2013 10:29:11 AM HST

A central Iowa couple who won $202 million in the Powerball lottery in September is giving back.

The lucky beneficiaries are the people of their community in Bondurant.

Brian and Mary Lohse are working on bringing their neighbors a grocery store.

"Since I have been elected mayor, one of the things people have been asking for is having a grocery store put in," said Bondurant Mayor Keith Ryan.

Now, residents go to one of the two Casey's gas stations for necessities.

"It's a lot of gas going all the way to Ankeny or Altoona just to get food,” said Alan Perry, who lives near Bondurant.

The Lohses have plans to change that.

"It took us all of about 10 or 15 seconds to figure out, once we won the lottery, that we wanted to stay,” said Brian Lohse.

Staying meant giving back some of the $202 million winnings in the form of a grocery store.

“It'll just be a little mom-and-pop type shop that will focus on some unique things,” said Lohse.

The couple is proposing to build the store at 112 Brick Street. Early plans put it at 16,000 square feet and costing $3.5 million.

“It's one of those things you always need in small towns,” said Ryan. “It's going to bring jobs, obviously, because there will be people working there, and also going to bring ease of use as well as other industries.”

The Lohses plan to break ground on the store in late April.


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