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Total Stop began in 1991 when Jeff and Janine Nielsen renovated an empty building (old Elevator/Feed store) into a convenience store with gas pumps in Canistota, SD. One year later, they expanded and bought out the local grocery store across the street to become a full line grocery store. In 2006 the store was sold to the manager and his wife, Chad and Mandy Keller. 


Jeff & Janine Nielsen, Founders


Canistota, SD Store Before Renovation

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Canistota Today

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 Chad and Mandy Keller, Owners

In 1994 the Nielsens bought the existing Emery grocery store and in 1999 built the new location with gas pumps. The store is managed by Sharon Weeldreyer.


 Emery, SD Store 

The Alcester store was purchased in 1996 and in 2002 was moved from the corner on Main street to the newly remodeled and expanded Cenex convenience store. Alcester is managed by Kim Willms.

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Alcester, SD Store

In 1998 a store in George, IA was purchased by the Nielsens and was managed by Judd Reifers until 2001 when Judd and his wife Laura took ownership.  In 2008 they remodeled to add an additional 3000 sq ft to the retail floor.


 George, IA Store


 Judd and Laura Reifers, George, IA Store Owners

The local grocery store in Centerville was purchased by the Nielsens in 2006 and is managed by Brian Bartlett.

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Centerville, SD Store

In 2016 the Nielsens bought the local main street grocery store in Menno and moved it into the newly remodeled Cenex convenience store on HWY 18. The store is managed by Roger Droppers. The Menno store does not participate in the rewards program.

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Menno Store

The Nielsens also have also have 5 convenience stores located in Beresford, Lennox, Chancellor and Freeman.

 All of our stores are in small town communities, which puts knowing our customers on a very personal level. We strive to have great customer service, in clean updated stores, with hours that are convenient to everyone. We appreciate and value all of our customers!!

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