DBS Group and Niemann Holdings celebrated the completion of County Market in Girard, Illinois, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 30, 2016, to mark the grand opening of the new grocery store. The only full-service grocery store in the town of 2,000, the original County Market structure was destroyed in a fire last May and had been operating from a mobile unit in the parking lot. The new County Market is 28,000 square feet, 7,000 square feet larger than the original building. It features nine aisles, an expanded organics section, sit-down café, coffee and fountain soda area, full-service deli, hot-food bar and open-bakery along with digital menu and pricing boards. Construction of the County Market began on September 1, 2015. The store features several energy efficient upgrades, including LED lighting throughout, high-efficiency HVAC roof-top units, a building energy management system, polished concrete floors and high-efficiency refrigerated cases. DBS Group provided store planning services, architectural and engineering services and construction services for this project. DBS Group’s design-build delivery allowed the collective team to respond quickly to work through planning, design and budgeting in order to start construction of the new County Market less than four months after the existing County Market was destroyed by a fire.


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    “We’ve worked with other developers and contractors in the past, and nobody is as organized as DBS was. They kept all of the subcontractors on task and on time and communicated with us throughout. They were on our side and gave us that personal touch. I feel like it’s more of a friendship now than a business transaction. If you want a headache-free experience and fair pricing, I definitely recommend them.”
    Jessa Theis
    Mackenthun's Fine Foods
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    “This was my first time building anything, and I would 100% recommend/work with DBS again. They made the building process very easy and stress-free. I really enjoyed how inclusive they let me be throughout the design and construction process. My field manager, Kevin, was fantastic to work with. He kept everyone on task and was always happy to walk through and answer all my questions about the process. All in all, I could not have asked for a better company to help me build my family business to succeed for many years to come!”
    Brandon Berens
    Berens Market
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    “DBS Group was very professional, and they really worked hard on getting our project done on time and within budget. If we had questions, they took care of us immediately. If we weren’t sure about something, they sat down and explained it all the way through. They were especially good at working with all the different contracts involved and keeping us up to date. I definitely recommend them.”
    Jim Zupcancich
    Zup’s Food Market
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    “DBS Group made a large project for a small business very manageable. We were impressed with other similar grocery projects they had completed in the Midwest, and from the very first meeting, we were very pleased with the personal, but the professional approach they had to construction management, and we felt they would be a great fit to our second ground up grocery store project. Our job superintendent from DBS Group worked long hours to be there every step of the way, and we met regularly with the rest of the DBS team to ensure we stayed on time and on budget. We would enthusiastically recommend DBS Group for any commercial construction project and will certainly involve them on any future projects of our own!”
    Jake Bender
    Bender’s Foods
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    “DBS Group makes my job very easy. They answer every question I have, and when I run into a problem, they help me solve it. They go a long way to get to know me, what I do and how to communicate with me so they can better serve me. I recommend them absolutely.”
    Wesley Tuley
    Niemann Foods