The building that houses Dorothy’s Country Store was built in Little Creek in the mid 1800s. It was originally built as a school, and then later used as a church. It was disassembled and moved in the mid 1930s to its present location on Robinson Tract. For 60 years the Bopps ran it as the Gator Mart. The staff is committed to ensuring excellent customer service and quality, just as this store has provided to the community in the past.
Sisters Sue Bopp and Lynn Huff inherited the store from their mother, but Debra Beaty and Jeff Ellis are the driving force behind the new life within this memory-filled building. “They did all the work and remodeling and have financed everything from the very beginning,” said Charles Bopp, son of Dorothy. Ellis and Beaty are long-time friends of the Bopp family, and chose to name the store after Dorothy Bopp in her honor.
“This has always been Deb’s dream,” said Ellis. “She grew up in the area, was born here, moved away and remembered the store from when she was a young girl. When we moved back, Mrs. Bopp was still alive and running the store. When she got sick and had to close the store, we had a dream of reopening it.”
“We are very proud and have looked forward to this day for a long time. This is a big day for us and our mother. It’s awesome that our mother’s name will live on. She’s looking down on us,” said Sue Bopp, co-owner of the building that houses the new business. “She was good hearted, couldn’t stand anybody being hungry. She had such a good heart,” said Huff of her mother.
Ellis says he and Beaty entered into an agreement with the Bopps, and have a long-term lease on the store. The store has a full-blown deli, selling Boar’s Head meat by the pound and deli sandwiches. “Boar’s Head is really conscientious about the quality of their meat. There are no nitrates. These are very healthy products,” said Ellis. “We are so fortunate that so many people have been helpful. The Bopp family has been incredibly helpful, along with Hayden Electric and Rusty’s Custom Lumber. The community has been incredibly excited.”
Charles Bopp spoke to members of the community who came out to show their support and told stories of how he grew up in this building. “This is a great thing that’s happened. I think this store will bring nothing but positive things to the community,” said Bopp. He then invited everyone to enter into the building and see how beautiful everything was.
Dorothy’s Country store will open its doors to the public this Friday, Aug. 9. They will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.