Cyclists, joggers, pedestrians out for some exercise, fishermen on their way to Beaudry Provincial Park, people in need of one last dinner ingredient — all are prime customers for Headingley Foods.
Located at 8515 Roblin Blvd., where the street winds through a shady residential area, Headingley Foods has been open since 1930. Current owners Valerie and Greg Connolly say business is good for a few reasons.
First, Headingley continues to grow, with new subdivisions opening up, resulting in more potential customers. The municipality recently assumed control of the western section of Roblin and is now working to improve drainage and install a walking trail.
The Connollys’ store is the only convenience store between the west Perimeter and Beaudry Park. It sells provincial park passes, mosquito spray and other supplies those on their way to the park might need.
This section of Roblin is also used by many cyclists who want to ride a short distance out of the city. Local families will now be able stop for ice cream as the Connollys recently opened a small ice cream parlour, offering 24 flavours. They even have a few tables outside.
Residents of the RMs of Headingley, Cartier and St. Francois Xavier who need Canada Post service are also regular customers at Headingley Foods. It is the only location offering full postal service for most people living within these municipalities.
"We get new customers pretty well every day," Valerie said. "Headingley is booming right now."
Asked how they decide what to stock, Valerie said they soon find out what their customers need.
"It’s whatever customers are asking for," she said. "You quickly learn what sells and what doesn’t."
She and Greg are pleased that local residents think of their business as a neighbourhood or corner store, and they try to provide a personal touch that distinguishes them from large Winnipeg retailers.
The store is open all summer from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. It closes at 6 p.m. in the winter months.