Thu, Oct. 17

Barefoot's Country Market opens

Residents of the Beaver Creek/Rimrock area no longer have to make the drive into Camp Verde if they need something from the store.

Barefoot's Country Market and Deli opened its doors in the rural community on Sept. 23.

"We offer fresh produce, fruit, baking goods, dog food, soups, breakfast items, sauces, baby and health items, frozen and canned foods, and dairy," says owner Stacey Barefoot. "We also have a nice selection of wine and beer."

Barefoot works at the store herself with the help of two other employees including her brother. She lives down the road from the store in Rimrock. After purchasing the market in June, which is the site of the old "Grocery Basket" owned by Jim and Ann Nelson, business has been booming with customers looking to grab a bite to eat or a pop open a cold drink.

"I worked for Safeway for 14 years in groceries," Barefoot explains. "When I saw the opportunity open up for this I decided to jump on it."

The newly opened one-stop shop fills a much needed void for locals in the area. The store is located right off of Beaver Creek Road. The busy route makes the market highly visible to anyone headed from McGuireville to the Montezuma Well and Montezuma Ave. "Y" intersection.

"People probably won't do their weekly shopping here. But if they forget something or need something quick and easy, this is the place to come," Barefoot says.

Although the market is still limited in what it sells, Barefoot says that will soon change. Plans are in the works to sell fresh meats, breakfast, and lunch. Barefoot says they will even do deliveries for customers with special needs.

"We want to be a full service store," Barefoot explains. "Eventually we will have a full service deli with homemade sandwiches, grilled hamburgers, and meat and cheeses for sale by the pound. By end of this week we will have meat and pork for sale."

Barefoot says she wants to cater to people going to work in the morning by taking their lunch orders the night before and having them ready to pick-up.

"We want this to be a friendly, comfortable place to come and will do our best to get something in if we don't have it in stock," she says. "We have access to just about anything and will take special orders for the holidays."

Before the shelves could be stocked and the coolers made ready, however, a lot of remodeling took place to give the store a new look and feel.

"We are still not done remodeling. It took a lot longer than expected to get it ready," Barefoot notes.

Improvements to the property included work to the floors and roof and the installation of a retaining wall and flood wall. A security system was also installed by a local Rimrock company, Detectronics, with an office located steps away from the market.

"We used all local people to do the work," Barefoot says.

Other local touches to the new store came from Rimrock Artworks, which is responsible for the large wooden bear sculpture and wood bench that greets customers at the front door. There are tables outside with shade for customers to sit. When the deli is up and running, Barefoot hopes people will use the tables for outside dining.

Barefoot's accepts EBT and all major credit cards. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will change to 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. once the deli opens. Barefoot says the deli is scheduled to open in the next one or two months. To celebrate, a grand opening with free food, live music, and fun for the kids is planned.

"I hope we are satisfying a need here in Rimrock," Barefoot says.

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