Despite severe storms the night before, the grand opening of Woods Supermarket went forward as scheduled May 21.
Local and state officials attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Lake West Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Kenagy and Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees Chair Curt Mooney both said a few words along with State Rep. Diane Franklin and State Rep. Rocky Miller. They welcomed the new upscale supermarket and thanked the company headed by President Don Woods, Jr. for believing in the project and the area.
The Woods family as well as the company's CEO Craig Easter and executive team attended the event along with a large crowd of people ready to do their grocery shopping when the store opened after the ceremony ended.
The store is featuring grand opening specials now through July 2 and will hold weekly drawings for prizes with a grand prize giveaway of a Landau A'Lure 192 Fish pontoon boat to be awarded on June 29.
The new 53,540 square foot store in Sunrise Beach features a fueling station, a barbecue smokehouse with in-season patio dining, a full deli, bakery and meat counter and large produce and liquor departments. There is a full service pharmacy that offers a drive-up window and free prescription delivery in Sunrise Beach.
Woods Supermarket is the anchor of a retail development at Routes 5 and F in Sunrise Beach. Tax increment financing (TIF) and a Community Improvement District are being utilized to help finance the Sunrise Beach Market Center.
A 13,000 square foot retail strip center are also planned at the development. An outlot within the 13 acre TIF area was also part of the site plan, but is less firm than the other parts of the plan.
Headquartered in Bolivar, Mo., Woods now has nine locations in southwest and central Missouri and southeast Kansas.
Building the supermarket supported 150 construction jobs, and 60 new permanent jobs have been created by the store.