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Filling a need in Callaway

Rhonda Dalve opened On The Go, a new convenience store, gas station and cafe on the south edge of Callaway on Highway 59 on July 20. (Jason Adkins/DL Newspapers)

When candidates for the Callaway City Council spoke last year about what they would like to see happen to the town, most said they wanted to see more business.

Specifically, they wanted to see a gas station, café and grocery store.

Rhonda Dalve brought all of that in one fell swoop when she opened On The Go July 20 on the south edge of Callaway on Highway 59.

"Everyone seems to be glad that we are here," Dalve said.

The business offers four gas pumps selling unleaded gas and diesel fuel.

Along with that, there's a full-service deli selling submarine sandwiches, Mexican food, pizza and chicken. Plus, the convenience store sells a few staples for residents so they don't have to head to Detroit Lakes or Ogema.

"We saw a need for it," Dalve said.

She said the store is convenient for people in town who need a jug of milk or a loaf of bread.

The café portion seemed to be a natural fit, Dalve said.

There are several tables to eat in the store, or food can be ordered by phone for pick up later.

"We thought we would bring in something like that," she said.

The store employs seven so far, with Dalve working from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. most of the time.

She said her hours in the store would come down once all the employees are up to speed on everything.

The store sits on the site of a former gas station and convenience store, but the existing building was torn down.

Dalve didn't have to buy new underground gas tanks, though, as they were still in good shape.

The gas pumps themselves are new.

"We had them all checked out and they were fine to use," Dalve said. "They were four years old."

Construction began in March, with the building almost finished when the snow finally melted in April.

"It seemed like it went quick," she said.

On The Go is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. For takeout info, call 375-2104.