When Marengo resident, Christine Ditzler takes her family shopping at the Marengo Convenient Mart, she said they are always greeted with a friendly smile and a warm welcome.
Dale and Jacqueline Pancyrz, owners of the Marengo Convenient Mart and residents of Belvidere, officially opened the store on October 22, 2010. Products offered at the store include: groceries, liquors, wines, beer, sodas, and coffee, Dale said. He said the store itself opened in 2000.
“I have friends in Marengo; so I’ve been hanging around Marengo for 15 years,” Dale said. “I saw [the building] was up for lease, so [that’s when I decided] to start a business here.”
Ditzler, a Marengo resident of eight years, said she shops at the convenient store about four times a week. “I have seen several owners in and out of the Marengo Convenient [Mart] during the time I have lived here,” she said. “Dale is the current owner [of] the store; and I am very pleased at the way it is now run.” She said her family is very impressed with the store and the owners.
“When you walk in you are always welcome with a smile,” Ditzler said.
“He and his wife give it the hometown touch we need for Marengo. They ask about our family; and they even have a candy jar of small candies behind the counter for when my four kids come in with me to pick out a snack. The prices for the products that he sells are very reasonable, and the store is always clean.”
Dale said the last owner of the business did the remodeling of the store, which was closed for a year. “When I came into the store, it was a disaster,” he said. “We scrubbed, we replaced, we did everything possible we could do to clean it up. We cleaned it up until it was perfect in here. Even the health department said it was beautiful. We try to keep it as clean as possible, constantly-- which is hard to do all the time, but we succeed in doing it.”
Dale said people should shop at his store since his “prices are cheaper” and he carries many items gas stations do not carry. He said the business has been challenging due to the slow economy.
“My goals for this place are to build the business and keep it going,” he said. “I want to keep the people around the area happy. I practically will get them anything they want. In fact, I’m even known as the ‘guy on the corner that will get you anything you want.’ If I don’t have what you need, I’ll try my best at getting it.”
Dale said he’s made many friends from working in Marengo.
“I’ve got a lot of customers that really turned out to be friends to me,” he said.“The people in Marengo are wonderful to me.”
Marengo Convenient Mart is located at 20001 Telegraph, Suite 2, in Marengo. The store is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-12 a.m. For more information, call the store at 815-568-9939 (phone).