Lifetime Hayfield resident, Greg Demmer is no stranger to the business community in Hayfield. He has spent much of his life starting or running local businesses such as the Hayfield bowling alley, which used to be called Porky's and for a while he also owned the Frontier Lounge. Demmer has decided to revive the Porky's name and start another business that he has been thinking about since he owned the Frontier Lounge.
Porky's Pickup is a shuttle service that will be serving Hayfield residents as well as those from local communities.
"I've always thought about doing it," Demmer explained. "Back when I owned the Frontier, the DWI enforcement would often keep people from going out, so I thought about it then and never got around to it." He's hoping the shuttle service will encourage people to go out and give them a safe option for getting home.
Demmer opened his business last week and so far is happy with the support he's received. Porky's Pickup will operate throughout the Hayfield area, making local runs to Brownsdale, Waltham, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center and to the Kasson Clinic. "My main objective is to get people to shop locally and to patronize local establishments and not have to worry about driving after drinking." Demmer will also be increasing his service to take people to the Minneapolis and Rochester airports, the Mayo Clinic, Diamond Joe's and Treasure Island Casinos. He's also willing to pick up local residents who no longer drive and take them to the grocery store, the post office and other Hayfield businesses. "We don't have a cab service in the area and it's hard for people to get transportation when they don't drive," he said.
Demmer purchased a Kia minivan to use as the transportation vehicle. It seats six passengers but is not handicap accessible. "Eventually I'd like to get a handicap accessible van," he added.
Demmer will be offering transportation for nursing home and assisted living residents that don't need to have handicap accessibility. "R&S Transportation won't take residents to the Kasson Clinic," he explained.
"I will be doing that and taking people to Mayo Clinic as well."
Demmer is hoping that people book ahead for their transportation but understands it may not always be that simple. "Some things you can't always plan for, so I'll try to be as accommodating as possible." He's also open to chauffeuring for small parties and day or evening outings.
Anyone that is interested in booking with Porky's Pickup is asked to call Greg at 507-269-3410 or you can e-mail him at email@example.com. He recommends programming the number into your cell phone; you never know when you may need a ride.