Several members of the community have stepped up to raise funds to form a new entity to purchase and create a community grocery store! The goal was to raise $250,000 very quickly to purchase the building, contents, fixtures, freezers and inventory of the existing store as well as have working capital to move forward with the new business. 

The fact that the community can raise these funds in less than 10 days is absolutely outstanding! There are still a lot of moving parts to this process and money is still being accepted as we continue to work through this!

Funds are still being accepted by mailing a check to Gowrie Grocery LLC, PO Box 415, Gowrie, Iowa 50543.


Gowrie offers a huge variety of amenities to attract people to the community: parks, golf course, swimming pool, skating rink, child care center, service and retail businesses, healthcare, fiber to the home high speed internet, and so much more!


Like most small towns the local grocery is a cornerstone to the downtown. It brings people from the surrounding area into our town to shop and is a competitive draw for home buyers and homeowners.  It is critical to the local food pantry and elderly residents that don't travel out of town often.  It even affects local businesses and restaurants for daily supplies.

A food desert?  From Gowrie the closest grocery stores includes traveling 13 miles east to Dayton (a small community owned grocery), 20 miles north to Fort Dodge, 22 miles south to Jefferson or 23 miles west to Lake City (another locally owned grocery). Although it would seem easy distance for commuting to work it can be difficult for others.


The Gowrie community has been fortunate to have had the store run locally for decades by the Petersen family. When then owner, Jeff Petersen, decided to retire it took time to find a buyer.  There was concern at that time that the store would close. Local leaders were pleased to learn that an existing grocery store owner was interested. Having owned six other locations the future looked bright!

Until it didn't. Stores within the new Heartland Market chain began closing with little or no notice to customers.  Concerns escalated in December with the nearby  closings of the Manson and Rockwell City stores leaving neighboring Calhoun County with only one grocery store.  


When a small group of people got together they contacted the owner about interest in selling the store.  Working quickly and with no time to find a prospective new business owner, a community meeting was held on January 6, 2020 and the group suggested a plan of action if money could be raised. The goal is to raise $250,000 by January 15th. With a huge crowd and standing room only it is evident that the support of the community is positive.

Pictured below, approximately 150 people were in attendance at the community meeting held in Gowrie, a town with a population of just over 1,000.



If you thrive on empowering a store team to achieve success, and are committed to providing excellent customer service in a fast-paced and friendly environment, consider a Store Manager position at Gowrie Grocery. 


This newly formed community-based full service grocery store is located in the community of Gowrie in north central Iowa. We are seeking an experienced leader to join our operation and provide an inviting experience for shoppers and team members.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the Board of Directors of the community owned grocery store

  • Oversees duties of all department and all personnel in entire store (departments may include but are not limited to grocery, deli, meat counter and produce)

  • Responsible for entire store operation in one location

  • Promotes effective communication

  • Provides leadership and strong levels of customer service

  • Oversees store appearance and equipment maintenance

  • Enforces loss prevention policy and awareness

  • Implements plans for accomplishment of sales and profit objectives

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Maintains a positive attitude

  • Assists customers by:

    • Escorting them to the products they're looking for

    • Securing products that are out of reach

    • Loading or unloading heavy items

    • Making note of and passing along customer suggestions or requests

    • Performing other tasks in every way possible to enhance the shopping experience * Responsible for perpetuating the fundamental values of Gowrie Grocery culture. This involves: honesty; integrity; friendliness, and caring for customers and employees; demonstrates sincerity, respect, and high levels of ethics and morals; dedicated to proving the best products and values; shares information; being fair in how customers, suppliers and employees are treated; demonstrates good manners; shows dignity; and is involved in helping the company improve and grow.

  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local health and food safety regulations for the store.

  • Uses and understands all hardware and software technology in the store.

  • Works with department heads and other designated personnel regarding schedules, labor issues, product purchasing, and merchandising to meet their specific goals.

  • Monitors expenses and recommends cost reduction programs.

  • Coordinates the actual physical inventory for the store, verifies the accuracy of the information and puts together the information for the P & L for the accountant.

  • Determines location of ad and promotional displays, ensures product quality and quantities to meet customer and store demands and profitability. Meets with sales reps and determines new items, special purchases, and determines prices and merchandises the product.

  • Coordinates and/or assists in the performance evaluation process and reviews all employees (at least annually).

  • Reports to work when scheduled and works expected number of hours.

  • Schedule flexibility to work weekends, holidays and as needed.


Education and Experience
High School or equivalent experience. At least five years of experience in the retail grocery industry (or similar retail business), including at least three years of progressive purchasing & management experience.


Job Type: Full-time (available 7 days a week)


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform light work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally.

  • The following physical activities are necessary to perform this job: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting.


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Based on experience


To apply please send your resume to Gowrie Grocery, PO Box 415, Gowrie, Iowa 50543 or email gowrie@wccta.net


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