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One of the anchor businesses in Eudora is about to change hands. C&S Market will be sold at the end of the month to Clasen Inc. of Wichita. Clasen, a family owned business since it’s inception, operates seven stores throughout Kansas under the name Gene’s Heartland Foods. Locations include Dodge City, Ft. Scott, Smith Center, Wamego, Ellsworth, Minneapolis and Anthony. Eudora will be the 8th store in the regional chain and the name will be changed from C&S Market to Gene’s Heartland Foods.
According to Ray Gembala, Vice President of Clasen Inc., much is planned for the Eudora store after it’s sale.
“We have plans for a pretty large investment in the store,” Gembala said. “We will be installing all new perishable cases in the produce, meat, deli and dairy area, and do some interior paint, repair and things like that.”
The store will feature the Shur Fine and Shur Fresh label products along with brand name items. Gembala also said that they are looking to expand their business into catering as well as expanding the deli.
“One of the things we will do is put a smoker in,” Gembala added. “In the rest of our stores we have the old hickory type smokers and that’s the anchor for our catering business.”
Gembala said the changes won’t happen overnight. He expected it to be approximately 60 to 90 days before most of the modifications to the store are completed.
Additional employees will also likely be added to the store.
“While we can’t be exactly certain yet, we plan to really expand our deli operations which will require more people, we see that as a lot of potential in the store.” Gembala said. He also told us that with the catering service, the will also likely need more personnel in all the perishable departments.
As to prices, Gembala described that the merchandise in the store “will be competitive”.
We tried to reach Bryan Chumbley, current owner of C&S Market. As of press time, calls and messages had not been returned. We hope to update the story as soon as we can reach him.