After 15 years of sitting vacant just off Highway 54 in Vandalia, the former Casey’s building has a new owner.
Frank Wallace closed on his purchase of the location from the Casey’s Marketing Company in May.
Wallace has a two-part vision for the property.
One plan includes opening an internet-based meat shipping business called “Wallace Family Meat.”
“It’s an idea I had in the back of my mind for several years, to try to sell my own beef,” Wallace said. “With the business next door to me selling so much over the internet, (the business is) a conglomeration of ideas that kind of came together.”
Wallace, who raises his own beef, has already been selling hamburger in his Shelter Insurance office.
He plans to use the existing freezers to store his butchered cattle and sell a variety of beef products like livers, patties, jerky, sticks, and so much more.
“Anything you can cut off a cow,” he noted.
Current plans are workers to be at the building just two hours for a couple of days a week to ship out orders taken through a website under construction called www.wallacefamilymeat.com.
After many area residents asked about possible retail options for the business, Wallace said he’s also considering opening the doors to walk-ins for business hours.
As for the building’s infrastructure, Wallace said his goal is to get the walk-in freezer and cooler units operational while some other infrastructure needs addressed.
Wallace noted that he’s been eyeing the location for 15 years and is happy to finally purchase it.
The goal to have the website and building open is September 1.
Wallace’s second plan includes construction of a building with 20 storage units next to the former Casey’s building.
Sizes of the units includes 10’x10’, 10’x15’, 10’x20’, and 10’x30’. Construction begins next week at the site.