Today, Arthur once again has a grocery store—thanks to Marshall and the 29 kids of Arthur High, who helped set up and run the Wolf Den Market. The store—named for the school's six-man football team—occupies a one-bedroom house four blocks off Main Street. Because the Wolf Den is too small to attract a wholesaler, volunteers drive to Hyannis, 38 miles away, and stock up (at a discount) at Dredla's Grocery there.
As markets go, the Wolf Den is far from super: There are no price scanners and the frozen-foods section is in the garage. "It's a pretty hilarious store," admits Marshall, 43, whose husband, James, owns a fence-building company. "And we're pretty limited on stock and brands. But it's a relief for me."
The store arose out of an entrepreneurial program that Marshall and her friend Virginia Sizer, 62, set up at the high school in 1997. The pair called everyone in town to find out if residents wanted a new grocery. When the results came in, Marshall, Sizer and the kids went to work, creating a business plan and organizing the store. Wolf Den opened its doors on Nov. 15—and sold out of milk the first day.
Says 16-year-old sophomore Patricia Steel, who with pals once drove 77 miles before 7 a.m. to pick up supplies for the store: "It's definitely not like running a lemonade stand."
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