A new beginning for Corcoran Crossroads

Corcoran residents Chad and Melonie Robran recently took over management of Corcoran Crossroads convenience store in downtown Corcoran and celebrated with a grand reopening Friday, May 26. (Photo by Aaron Brom)

Residents and passersby in Corcoran may have noticed a change at the Corcoran Crossroads convenience store in downtown Corcoran.

Owners Chad and Melonie Robran recently took over management of the business and celebrated with a grand reopening Friday, May 26.

“We wanted to clean up the building and provide a good product for the community,” Chad Robran said. “That’s our motto.”

The store now features fresh deli homemade sandwiches, hot dishes and chili, and plans are in the making to host food trucks on site.

The store has a completely remodeled, more modern interior equipped with LED lights in the refrigerated shelves, as well as new LED exterior lighting. The store also offers F’real shakes and smoothies. Chad Robran said they are also planning a walk-out patio in the back where customers can sit and enjoy their food.

The Robrans are very prominent in the community. Both Chad and Melonie are track coaches for Rockford Schools, where children Aliyah and Ethan are students. The Robrans are also Northwest Jaycees Club members, and Chad is one of the main organizers for Corcoran’s Country Daze summer celebration (Aug. 18 and 19), which this year will be hosted at the Lions Park and featuring regional attractions like the Hairball rock band and Bigfoot monster truck.

Robran, also a park board member, has fellow park board member Judy Strehler as manager of Corcoran Crossroads.

Robran — in medical sales by profession — also owns two businesses, Excel Medical and Bone Foam, that he relocated to downtown Corcoran.