New, larger Kroeker Farms Potato Store offers much more than potatoes

(L-R) Wayne Rempel CEO and President of Kroeker Farms, Winkler Mayor Henry Siemens, Kroeker's Executive Assistant Liana Fehr, and Kroeker's Chief Financial Officer Tyson Kamminga

oktober 19, 2023
Last month, Kroeker Farms celebrated the new location of The Potato Store at 715 Circle K Drive, Winkler Manitoba, with an official ribbion cutting. According to Liana Fehr, Executive Assistant at Kroeker's, the new location gives them four times the space compared to the former location on Circle K Drive.

CEO and President of Kroeker's, Wayne Rempel says it's been a long, but good path to get to this point. Initially, Rempel says it was former Mayor Martin Harder who he originally talked to about building the head office at the current location.

Wayne Rempel:
 
"We wanted to clean this up, make it look beautiful. And I think the city trusted us to do it. And I think it's turned out really well."
Rempel also said it's fantastic being right next to their big shipping plant and wash plants. The additional parking spots are also an added bonus of the new store location, noted Rempel.

Wayne Rempel:
 
"We thought it was just a natural thing across the pond to have this Potato Store. Discovery Nature Sanctuary, who we've been involved with as well, is right here, and I just love the idea of people being able to stop here, get some produce, hopefully, have a cup of coffee and pastry in the future, go for a walk, enjoy the Nature Centre."
The new store allows Kroeker's the ability to add many of the new products they've wanted to for some time, but couldn't, due to a lack of space.
 
Liana Fehr and Wayne Rempel

Liana Fehr and Wayne Rempel

Liana Fehr:
 
"We offer so much more. Our focus has always been local, fresh foods, healthy foods, and also catering towards those with allergies that we care a lot of gluten-free stuff. Our CEO is celiac so he inspires me, and he always gives me suggestions on what to get... We just have so much more than potatoes. We try to support other local vendors, farmers, artisans and so we'd like to offer all of that to the community."
The Potato Store also offers a gift area, with a lot of the inventory that's locally made, Manitoba-made, or products made in Canada. Plans are also in the works to add a bakery into the store, allowing shoppers to pick up some fresh bread and pastries as well. Rempel says they hope to have the bakery in place and open next year.
 
The Discover Nature Sanctuary walking path is right behind The Potato Store, which itself is located directly across the pond from the Kroeker's head office

The Discover Nature Sanctuary walking path is right behind The Potato Store, which itself is located directly across the pond from the Kroeker's head office