By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter
DANVILLE - Leonard 'Leo' Dueck said his goal in life is to bring a smile to his neighbor. He plans to draw on that philosophy when treating with customers at his new market in downtown Danville.
Dueck plans to open Don Leo's Market at 3 North Market Street on September 6, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting on September 8. He describes it as a "family business" and said he will offer a wide variety of items including meat and deli cheese, sandwiches, bulk food and fresh produce.
"When people come to this store, they will be treated as a friend," Dueck said. "I want to cater to every person's wishes. I want to cater to my customers."
Dueck is continuing to renovate the roughly 1,800 square foot building - located at the intersection of Main and Market streets - to prepare for the opening. Over the years, the property at 3 Market Street has been the location of two restaurants: a Der Dutchman restaurant and then Renee's Country Cook'n. The owners of Renee's Country Cook'n sold the property in October 2007.
Dueck said he has had a number of village residents tell him that they remember eating at these restaurants, and they even remember where their favorite table was located. He said he wants to bring life back to a place that has been dormant for a long time.
"I want to restore something that's been beat down and run down and give it a facelift," Dueck said. "I want to make something beautiful."
He said that he has received positive comments from members of the community who are excited about the new store.
Dueck was formerly a manager of Ashery Farms, a bulk food store in Heath. Though he and his wife live in Danville, Dueck, who comes from a missionary family, was born in Belize and his family has lived in Central America. He moved to the United States in 2010.