General merchandise store opens on Meriden’s Countryside Square
Story and photo by Clarke Davis
A rural Meriden couple has opened a general merchandise store on Countryside Square in Meriden.
Mark and Tonia Montague opened Dollar Wise last week where they feature a wide variety of items.
The store will operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and Sunday afternoon. Two people have been hired to assist the couple and they plan to hire two or three more.
Approximately 70 percent of the merchandise sells for $1. There is a hardware section, kitchen items, bath and personal care, greeting cards, crafts, school supplies, toys, jewelry, home decor, and an aisle of paper and plastic goods.
They couple explained that the store is not a franchise, so they are free to purchase from a variety of vendors. A consulting firm that has contact with a number of distributorships helped them set up and display their merchandise.
Tonia is a neonatal nurse practitioner who used to work full time for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She has cut back her hours and now works part time for Providence Medical Center in Kansas City and Stormont-Vail Health Care in Topeka.
Mark is a special agent for the Attorney General’s office, investigating Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. He has over 23 years in law enforcement, having been a game warden for Gove and Logan counties and served with a couple of sheriff’s departments.
Both will be involved with running the store in their off hours and they intend to involve their three children, Brian, 11, Ben, 9, and Jennifer, 8, all Jefferson West students.
The couple is not new to the business world. They owned a medical supply business in Quinter previous to moving to the eastern part of the state.
Tonia is a North Little Rock, Ark., native and Mark grew up at Pomona.
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