New Businesses Come to Marion

(Originally posted on’s website on October 24, 2015)

Residents in Marion now have a quicker and easier way to get their groceries.

In September, Edward Blinn and his son, Evan, opened up Fast Eddie’s, located off of 3rd St., making it the first drive-thru convenience store in Marion. Customers are able to buy what they need without having to get out of their car or wait in a long line.

Evan said his father came up with the idea because of the several drive-thru convenience stores in Florida, where they used to live.

“Recently when this building became available, we got the building and decided ‘why not?’” Evan said.

Other businesses have decided to open up in Marion recently as well.  Along with Fast Eddie’s, Shoe Carnival plans to open in November. A restaurant called Country Cafe also opened recently, according to Tim Eckerle, president of the Grant County Economic Growth Council.

The Growth Council does “a variety of things” to make sure these businesses are successful. Eckerle said the council provides financing, business counseling, projects and international financing.

He also said the council is in the process of launching a five year plan where it goes out into the community and addresses everyone’s wants and needs.

“We are always looking to do something better,” Eckerle said. “We are constantly evaluating everything we do.”

As these businesses start up and economic development improves, even more businesses will decide move to Marion, according to Eckerle.

“It’s a long struggle. The economy of the community is not built in one day,” he said. “It just takes constant rework.”


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