Bird Island Grocery Store Saved From Closing 11 Oct 16

BIRD ISLAND — A group of business owners in Bird Island has dusted off the town’s playbook for economic development and put it back to work.

Come Oct. 14, the West Central Tribune reports the Maynard’s of Bird Island grocery store will become Island Grocery under the ownership of six business owners, and possibly many others in the future.

The investors are selling shares in the venture known as Bird Island Enterprises, including $250 Class C shares. They are hoping that many individuals in the community of just over 1,000 people will take advantage of the low-cost investment.

Maynard’s had made it known over a year ago that it wanted to sell its Bird Island store. It’s one of 16 located in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa, according to its website. The company told the Bird Island group the decision was made as part of a need to downsize its workforce.

Maynard’s of Bird Island will close its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Island Grocery will open the following morning, but it will take a few days before all of the shelves are restocked with new private label products.