Many years have passed since the once revered Dryden’s Market closed in West Union. The closure was followed by a discount grocery, a second-hand store and several other business ventures. The 2,894 square foot building will offer something to the community while also returning to its roots.
Last week, the sale was closed on the building from the Dryden family to The Hoop family. According to Jeff, Michelle and Lauren, there are future plans for the building that will bring back memories for some and offer a needed service to the business district of West Union. The Hoops say they will reopen the market and rename it “Hoop’s Corner Market.”
“Our vision is to have deli meats, sliced cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with everyday groceries,” said the family in a statement. They also plan to offer seasonal flowers, mums, ferns and even fresh cut Christmas trees. “What led us to reopen the market is we feel the village has a need for a more simplicity way of shopping while focusing on and providing a service for the village,” said the Hoops.
Currently, the date of opening is unknown. “It is difficult to assign an open for business date with all of the work and plans in the renovation of the store,” said the family.
The building was built in 1972 and was a staple for many in the village. Four years ago, in March 2019, Prather’s IGA closed permanently, and the main village of West Union has been without a local store to sell fresh produce and deli meats.