By Gabby Christensen
For 45 years, Chris and Tom Bethscheider of Cedar Rapids have been proud business owners.
When asked about this milestone, the couple probably won’t tell you about the many long days or hard work that it took to get to this point—but they will tell you how very grateful they are for the community’s support over the years.
This year, Bethscheider’s Market in Cedar Rapids will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
It wouldn’t be a celebration without a party, though, so the Bethscheiders are hosting a special event at their store this Saturday, July 21.
There will be games, prizes and a free meal. The lottery will be on site, as well as Brandy’s balloons.
Free kettle corn, candy, and ice cream will be offered.
There will even be a drawing for 24 bags of free groceries.
“We’re really hoping for a big crowd,” Chris said. “There will be something fun for everyone and we really want to celebrate with the community who has supported us over the years.”
Bethscheider’s Market was founded in 1918 by Tom’s grandfather, Carl Bethscheider, who saw the need for a grocery store in town.
The store was then passed down to Tom’s father, Carroll Bethscheider.
And finally, in 1973 Tom took over.
Chris and Tom said things kind of fell into place.
“We didn’t always know we would stay here and that Tom would take over the business,” Chris said. “But, we have really enjoyed it.”
Even though he wasn’t sure he would take on ownership of the store, Tom attended business school in Grand Island to further his studies.
And, prior to inheriting ownership, Tom was always involved in the business.
Without a doubt, his commitment to the community is one of the reasons why the store has continued to be successful over the years.
“You gotta have a store,” Tom said. “Every town needs one.”
Read the complete story in the July 18 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.