- Real Estate
- Food & Drink
July 31, 2019
Before long, Valley Springs will once again have a gas station.
Megan Hudelson of Sioux Falls opened a convenience store and cafe called Broadway in the vacant former gas station earlier this summer and is working to get the fuel pumps running again.
“Everyone who knows we are here is very supportive,” Hudelson said.
“It’s interesting; people are still coming in saying they didn’t know we were open.” Trying to overcome that, she recently handed out flyers to residents of the small town east of Brandon.
It’s mostly a one-woman show with Hudelson getting help sometimes from her 14- and 9-year-old daughters. “I also have a 2-year-old who thinks she owns the place,” she joked.
“It’s just me,” she said. “I did hire a kid to basically come clean up after me for a couple of hours.”
Initially, her husband, Caleb, was turning the building into storage for its new owner, Rick Gourley of Sioux Falls.
“It’s in the middle of winter, and he’s working on the building. Caleb gets thirsty, and there’s nowhere in town except a corner bar. … Long story short, we decided to open the convenience store.”
Now, Valley Springs residents can buy a few groceries and standard C-store merchandise like candy bars, snacks and pop.
With a background in catering and experience at Zaroty Pizza Kitchen, Hudelson decided to include a café. Pizza is her specialty, and each one is made to order with hand-tossed dough and ingredients that have never been frozen, she said. “Everything is sliced and diced.” With a TurboChef oven, she can prepare and bake a pizza in five to sevent minutes. She also does calzones and dessert pizzas, and frequently has a daily special, something like barbecues, pulled pork sandwiches or walking tacos.
She also makes breakfast every morning: “bacon, eggs and toast, French toast sticks and pancakes.”
Hudelson and Gourley have other plans for the remaining space. She’ll eventually open a bar, and they’ll likely find someone to operate a video lottery casino.
Gourley envisions the bar area also being used for events such as wedding receptions and private parties.
“I think people are going to be surprised at how nice it’s going to be,” he said.
Hudelson has beer and liquor licenses, but for now she just sells packaged beer and serves it on tap or by the bottle to go with the pizza.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 pm. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Valley Springs once again has a convenience store and fuel is on its way. And as an added bonus, Broadway also has a cafe.