Fareway to fill hole left by 2019 Ogden grocery store fire

Danielle Gehr
Ames Tribune

Almost two years since a fire destroyed Ogden's historic downtown grocery store, Fareway is filling the need for an in-town market. 

Fareway Stores announced on its Facebook page Thursday an 8,000 square foot location will open at 302 West Walnut St. The new location in Ogden, a Boone County town of over 2,000, will bring back a long history of a downtown grocery store.

“Building a neighborhood Fareway store in downtown Ogden showcases our values and commitment to Iowa towns,” Fareway CEO Reynolds W. Cramer said in the post. 

Since the loss of Ogden Market, residents have relied on the in-town Dollar General and Casey's and Boone stores for their grocery needs. 

Ogden Market, which sat at West Walnut Street and Northwest Third Street, opened in 2019 after it was purchased in December 2018 by Rup Khanal and Ranga Humagain. Before its purchase, residents knew the store as Clark's Food Mart.

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For over 100 years, a grocery story existed on Walnut Street, the city's hub of local businesses, according to the Ogden Reporter. The Fareway store will once again serve this role. 

Fareway Stores operates 124 grocery store locations across the Midwest and is headquartered in Boone. 

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"Communities depend on a local grocer to offer high-quality products and unmatched service to complement other great local businesses and make smaller Iowa communities vibrant," Cramer said in the post.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Oct. 4. 

Danielle Gehr is a politics and government reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at dgehr@gannett.com, phone at (515) 663-6925 or on Twitter at @Dani_Gehr.