Renovate it and they will come. At least that's what happened at AM/PM at Main Street and C Avenue last week.


The mini-mart, which is owned by Harpreet Verma and several family members, saw an extensive renovation including new flooring, ceiling and resurfaced parking.


"Everything from the ground up," Verma said.


So on Saturday, May 22, the owners held a festive grand reopening event featuring slashed prices on numerous food and drink items. Y-102 Radio's Coleen Quinn broadcast her show from the location, and a day earlier Mayor Thurston "Smitty" Smith made an appearance. But the real draw of the event was a trio of Laker Girls who came to sign autographs.


"It's going great," Verma said understatedly as customers crammed into the store and autograph seekers stood in a long time to meet the Laker Girls. "It's a great location."