Convenience and quality on the south side of town
The month of November welcomed a new neighborhood convenience store on the corner of south Main Street and Lynn Boulevard.
Jessie Singh, owner of the Main Street Market, shared that he was motivated to go into business for himself to provide a good life for his children. In 2015, his family moved to Central Oregon from Spokane, Washington. They wanted to purchase a convenience store and a 7-Eleven store came up for sale in Bend, and they bought this store the same year. In 2018, the Prineville 7-Eleven was for sale, and they purchased the local store. They also own a 7-Eleven store in Redmond.
"We were fortunate to get that one," he said of the Main Street Market. "When I started business in Prineville, I just loved the community. It's small, people are friendly, they are caring and I wanted to grow within the community. We finally got another opportunity to open another store in Prineville."
Singh also added that his employees are closely tied to the community. Dolly Matthews, a Prineville native, manages the store.
"It's a neighborhood store," indicated Matthews. "I know my customers and I love my customers. My customers make it fun. I love it. We get a lot of regulars."
She noted that they have a wide variety of merchandise and services. The market offers items for personal care, household necessities, tobacco products, snacks, candy, and beverages. The back wall is a bank of cold beverages, with coolers of everything from beer to energy drinks, sodas, water, and juices. The aisles have a wide variety of mouth-watering snacks and candy. Singh also indicated that they will soon offer lottery products as well.
"It is a fantastic store. It is right next to the fairgrounds. It's kind of right on the corner," Matthews added.
She pointed out that the location, 896 South Main Street, is convenient and easy to get in and out of — with two entrances and exits. The store is very busy during events at the fairgrounds. It is also conveniently located west of the high school, the fairgrounds and Crook County Open Campus.
Main Street Market serves breakfast first thing in the morning, including breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, donuts, muffins, and biscuits and gravy. They also have a coffee bar with a wide selection of coffee and flavors, including cappuccino and iced coffee. For customers who like fountain drinks, there is a large selection as well. The coolers offer a plethora of beer and other beverages.
Singh proudly offers his Asian "Main Street Bowls" for lunch, with delicious flavors such as General Tso's chicken, teriyaki chicken, and mandarin orange chicken. Their deli menu includes tornados, chicken tacos, JoJos, burritos, corn dogs, pizza sticks, chicken sticks, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers.
"I am blessed to be part of the Prineville community," said Singh. "It is so small-knit, and people are caring. You don't see that in the bigger cities. Even Redmond is different — Prineville is a good-feel town."
He said that he felt supported when he opened the 7-Eleven, and he felt that there was a need for the Main Street Market on the southwest end of town. The building, previously The Cowboy Corner, was vacant for two years prior to opening the current convenience store.
"Now when people come in, they say it's convenient, it's closer to home and there was nothing on this end of town," Singh concluded.
Main Street Market
Owner: Jessie Singh
Address: 896 S. Main St.
Contact number: 541-903-8044
Monday-Friday, open 4:30 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday, open 7:00 a.m.
Sunday-Thursday, close 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, close 11 p.m.
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