By Zach Armstrong
DINWIDDIE, Va -- Mark Webb opened his store two years ago in September of 2018 to enhance the community and provide work for members of the Mennonite Church community which started around McKenney.
“The response from the community has been great,” said Webb. “We saw that the need was here, I know people call this a food desert. But we provide a lot of good quality food that people can use at home as well as making sandwiches.”
The Route One Country Store located at 13723 Boydton Plank Road next to the Dinwiddie Elementary School sells sandwiches from its deli as well as other baking goods, candies, pies, dairy products, meats and cheeses along with various other products.
Baked goods are virtually all made at the location each day and many of the store’s products including the crumb cheesecakes and candles are produced by local companies. Dutch Valley, a company out of Pennsylvania, provides a lot of products the store sells on its shelves.
The COVID-19 pandemic ended up assisting his business. When major outlets such as food lions ran out of basic needs during the months of March and April, many in Dinwiddie and the surrounding area came to his store discovering its quality and coming back for more.
The store currently employees about 20 people and Webb says that it makes hundreds of sandwiches a day for customers. It is open 7 am to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and it is closed on Sundays.