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Co-Op grocery store fire has customers shopping elsewhere

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A fire at a Sioux Falls specialty grocery store has its customers looking for another place to shop for some of their favorite foods.

But the fire has business booming for another market.

Since Sunday's fire at the Co-Op Natural Food store, Pomegranate Market is definitely keeping busy.

Many of us like to shop on the weekends and already, they've seen more people come through the doors.

In fact, they're finding a few empty shelves need to be filled.

We all have our favorite stores to shop. And for Michelle Flanagan, the Co-Op Natural Foods store was one of them.

"It kind of reminded me of like an old time store, you know what I mean, like a corner market kind of deal but you're getting organic food. I mean I used to go when it was even downtown, way, way back when, when it was downtown," Flanagan said.

But after Sunday's fire, the Co-Op's customers will have to shop someplace else.

"I think it's sad. It's really sad because it's owned by the people as well which makes it sad, hopefully, they'll be able to rebuild," Flanagan said.

And many of those shoppers with organic or gluten-free foods on their grocery list, have decided to check out Pomegranate Market.

Pomegranate Market grocery manager Patty Ammann said "we are seeing more people coming in the door, even though the weather was bad, like I said, I've noticed walking through the aisles that more things are missing off the shelves, so obviously there is an increase in customer traffic and sales."

"It's nice to see new faces, we love our regular customers, we do know a lot of them by name, but it's nice to have new people stop by and see what we're all about," Ammann added.

Flanagan shops at both Pomegranate and the Co-Op but hopes to be able to  shop these aisles again.

"I liked that it was small, and intimate, and everything was always in the same spot every time you go in, friendly people," Flanagan said.

"They went from downtown to where they are now, so maybe they will just continue to get bigger and better," Flanagan added.

KSFY News spoke with the president of the Co-Op and he tells us, they are looking for a temporary location so the store can reopen soon.

They hope to have some good news to announce by the end of the week.

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