The Oldest Businesses in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota
When you see the storefront sign that reads "Since 1883" and that business is serving customers today, then you know they must be doing something right.
Sioux Falls has such a business that continues to super-serve its customers.
South Dakota Company is the Oldest and is Still Running Today
Look's Meat Market opened their doors in 1883 and has since re-invented itself to be known as Look's Marketplace now located near 69th Street and Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls.
For this reason, Look's is the oldest company in South Dakota. And, one of the dozens that pre-date Statehood.
According to Zippia, Look's along with many companies in the United States, have defied the odds and have all been in operation for more than 100 years.
South Dakota's neighbors' have their own very old businesses still going today:
Minnesota - St. Paul Fire And Marine Insurance company was founded in Minnesota in 1853. The St. Paul Companies, Inc. is Minnesota's oldest business corporation and one of the oldest insurance companies in the United States.
Iowa - Breitbach’s Country Dining in Balltown is run by the same family who founded it in 1852 and continues to serve country cooking. Looking back at its history this historical eastern Iowa restaurant has served as a stagecoach stop, personal residence, hotel, grocery store, and tavern over the years. And they still serve homemade pie.
Nebraska - Now a museum, the Florence Mill in north Omaha was founded in 1846 where Morman pioneer Brigham Young supervised its construction. It now serves as a history museum and art gallery.
North Dakota - The Bismarck Tribune began printing in 1873 and continues to serve its 82,000 readers daily.