December 01, 2020
Steve Cahalan: Indian grocery store opens in incubator
Priya Kolouju and her husband, Kalyan Kolouju, have opened Priya’s Spice Bazaar grocery store in Suite 105 of the Coulee Region Business Center (also known as the small business incubator) at 1100 Kane St. in La Crosse.
“It is an Indian grocery store that also caters to Middle Eastern and Asian clientele,” Priya said of the business, which opened Oct. 1. “Apart from general grocery, we carry fresh produce, halal meat, fresh snacks and frozen entrees. We currently get fresh sweets and snacks from Chicago. But we are planning to start cooking snacks soon.”
The new store is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sunday, Kalyan said last week. During those hours, people can shop in the store or pick up items that they have already ordered online. People can place online orders at any time.
Priya and Kalyan, who both were born and raised in India, hope to eventually move their store to a permanent location, most likely a building that would be built at the former Plaid Pantry location at the corner of Jackson and Seventh streets. Future plans also include catering and cooking classes, Priya said.