LIMA — Everyone loves a bargain.
Dave Evans is counting on it with his latest venture, The 99¢ Store, which opened Friday in the former County Market building on North Cole Street.
Located next to Save-A-Lot, the 8,000-square-foot store includes party supplies, cleaning supplies, stationery, make-up, jewelry, greeting cards, snacks, beverages, candy, toys, and more, long-time retailer Evans said during a ribbon cutting with the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.
“I’ve been working on this concept for over a year and I’m sure in just one shopping trip you’ll be saying to yourself, ‘I just can’t believe all this for 99 cents,’” Evans said. “To have an independent store like this, not a chain, is unheard of. But we found the vendors. I was surprised to be able to get jewelry and makeup, and we even have reading glasses and sunglasses, for 99 cents.”
The store employs 10 people. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
This store is bright and clean, Evans said, with a renovation done with all-local contractors and suppliers.
“We wanted to be a little different than everyone else, especially chains,” Evans said. “Everyone who worked on this space is local. We made a real point of that, to use local companies to do this work.”
At the ribbon cutting, chamber President and CEO Jed Metzger said the community will enjoy Evans’ latest store.
“You have everything,” Metzger said. “We appreciate your continued investment in our community.”