Looking for a way to buy food without putting a huge "dent" in your pocket book?
How about buying scratch and dent groceries?
Two lifelong friends in South Bend just took over a grocery store called "Cents for Dents." They offer food at a deep discount. The store only carries non-perishable items but at a discount rate.
Some of the cans are dented, cereal boxes crushed, or food near the "sell-by" date but it is still good. The owners wanted to take over the store as a way to help out others during tough times. They considered starting a Greek bakery but decided to another route.
“We're tired and our feet are tired. It is hard on our backs. They hurt by the end of the day from stocking. We're getting old (ha ha) but you feel good at the end of the day because it’s a good thing and it’s really needed right now,” says owner Sophia Verongos.
The stores gets a semi-truck full of food every week and employees stock as much as they can that can be sold. Owners say the store is very busy thanks to word-of-mouth advertising. Some of the most popular items include cereal, canned goods, chips, and organic food. They also accept food stamps.
The store is open Monday through Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-9 and Saturday 10-2. They are closed on Sundays.
The address is 1905 Goodson Court behind the McDaniel’s Harley Davison.
The store is close to the intersection of Ironwood Drive and Randolph Street on the west side. The store is a huge red warehouse.