For several years now, Channey Singh has been working to open his business near the Knox campus. As of last Friday, the 43-year-old’s hard work paid off and Knox Discount Liquor and Beer opened its doors to the community.
While Singh is already thinking up new ways to improve the south side of town and put more services within walking distance of the Knox College campus, it’s uncertain whether students will frequent his business.
Hailing originally from Punjab, India, Singh originally moved to the United States for the prospects of a better life.
“I heard it was the land of opportunity … so I came for that opportunity and I got it,” Singh said.
With help from his family, Singh has already established a similar convenience store in the Quad Cities. He now divides his time between the two stores, bunking in the upstairs apartment of the Galesburg location.
Singh ultimately chose his location because he saw opportunity in the vacant lots and buildings on Galesburg’s south side. He is already planning what he hopes will be his next investment, a laundromat near the campus, so that students living in the area have the service close to home.
“There’s nothing on this side of town,” Singh said. “The south side of Galesburg needs work.”
However, some students seem uncertain that the trip to Singh’s business is worth the extra few minutes of walking when they can simply walk to the Quick Mart, or the “Quickie” gas station, located on the edge of campus.
Sophomore Evelyn Coffin said that she would probably save herself the time and opt for the Quick Mart.
“The closer, the better,” Coffin said.
Similarly, senior Dylan Gibson said that he might be interested in trying the food but would also opt for the gas station, especially when purchasing alcohol.
“I really don’t think I’ll end up going to the new liquor store in all likelihood, largely because I can get whatever beer I’m looking for at the Quickie,” Gibson said.
Singh, however, isn’t concerned about the competition.
“My relations with the customers are better … everywhere I go, the community and the customers like me,” he said.