Canandaigua store re-opens 2014.04.23

Written by David Green.

More than four years have passed since Jack Arnett closed the Hudson Lake Market in Canandaigua. An “open” sign will appear on the door next month when Denise Walsh of Morenci re-opens the grocery.

“I think we’re going to have a lot of business,” Walsh said. “We’ve had so many people stop in and everybody is so excited to have it open again.”

She’s set May 19 as the opening date for Shirley May’s Place, named in honor of her mother.

The Wayne-Westland native has lived in Lenawee County for several years and is no stranger to running a convenience store. She served as the night manager at Clayton’s PS Foods. She will run the Canandaigua market with her sons Jason and Nash.

Walsh expects the store to be much like it was when the Arnetts were in business. There will be groceries and Homestead ice cream, and eventually she hopes the beer and wine license will be approved.

Some of the features she wants to have are dependent on good internet service and that’s a problem in Canandaigua. Lottery ticket sales and hunting and fishing license sales are tied handled through the internet.

Walsh would like to have a produce stand for local farmers to sell items. She also intends to sell bait, but there’s a licensing procedure to go through.

Taco Night and Coney Dog Day are expected to return.

She pleased with the condition of the equipment after four years of closure and the biggest preparation chore is simply cleaning the store—that and getting the shelves restocked.

“I think it will be fun,” Walsh said. “We want to make it like a hometown store.”

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