Southern Plains Co-op is a locally-owned co-operative serving Carlyle, Estevan, Oxbow, Gainsborough and Alameda. They have two locations in Carlyle – the grocery store downtown and the gas station/convenience store at the junction of Highways 9 and 13.
Their next plan is to build a standalone building on the north side of the existing convenience store which will house Carlyle’s second liquor store.
Why build at the gas station location? Location. Location. Location.
“There’s not enough space at the grocery store location downtown,” explains Brian Enns, general manager of Southern Plains Co-op. “It will be a standalone 3,600 square foot building including a walk-in cooler on the north side of the existing convenience store.”
The liquor store will be a fully stocked outlet similar to the ones in Oxbow and Estevan.
“We bought the permit that was up for auction in Carlyle a year ago in February,” said Enns, “to have a second outlet in Carlyle.”
The outlet will be open seven days a week with hours yet to be determined.
Although work has not yet begun on the site, the hope is to break ground in early July, with the goal to be open for business by late fall or early winter.
“We’re excited to offer this service in Carlyle,” comments Enns. “We’re looking forward to getting it going that’s for sure.”
“Our annual meeting is coming up on June 21st and it’s going to be held at the Prairie Dog Drive-In,” says Enns.