Smooth Rock Falls has returned a vital retail service to the community.

Friday was the official opening of the Smooth Rock Falls Freshmart, their first grocery store since the Blanchette Fresh Mart burnt down in September of 2015.

The Blanchette Fresh Mart was their only grocer when it went up in flames two short years ago, leaving the community without a proper food source in town.

After the Blanchette family came to a difficult decision and decided not rebuild their grocer, the town moved forward swiftly with a new project returning a major service to the community.

The new SRF Freshmart will be located off of Highway 11.