MOLINE -- A new convenience store has opened on the ground floor of the Enterprise Lofts at 1891 River Drive.
Sanjeev Palopened Moline Pantry last week on the first floor of the 69-unit apartment complex that opened last year. The store offers soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, candy, snacks, coffee and an array of grocery items, from cereal and milk to ice and eggs.
Mr. Pal said the store soon will be fully stocked, and he is planning to offer additional items, such as frozen dinners and frozen pizza.
He said he wants to offer an array of everyday items, so people who run out of something have a convenient place to stop.
Mr. Pal also owns Gasland at 1305 15th St. and 4100 Avenue of the Cities, both in Moline.
"I was interested in opening another store," he said, adding that he was driving by one day and saw a sign indicating the space was available for lease.
"I thought I would give it a shot," he said, adding that he was encouraged by others to do so. Gasland customers told him the River Drive location was nice and another said the downtown needed a convenience store.
The space was just an empty shell with concrete floors, so Mr. Pal designed the store from scratch.
Once fully stocked, Moline Pantry will be open 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday. Right now, the store is closing early.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.