Couple opens convenience store near Intake

Brendan Heidner
Sunday, May 24, 2020
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Mack and Theresa Peyatt stand outside of their store located at Intake. Brendan Heidner photo

Anyone making their way out to Intake for some fishing, boating or camping now has an added convenience along the way.

Mack and Theresa Peyatt opened a small shop outside their house on the way to Intake called, “Theresa and Mack’s Fishing Hole.”

The shop opened for business on May 10 with a variety of products such as fishing poles, snacks, beverages, worms and even a few movies.

“We’re trying to do something for everybody,” Mack said.

The idea for their small shop came after Mack found an old sign in his basement when he bought their house in 1993 which reads “Intake Outpost.”

“I don’t know if there was ever a store or not, but I bought the place and thought, ‘well, it would be a nice place for a store,’” Mack said.

He added they had the shop custom built by Montana Shed out of Sidney and, according to Mack built it exactly how they wanted within a week.

Since the shop opened and more people are starting to take to the river, Mack said they have had quite a few visitors already in the evenings and on weekends.

“One day, I think we had about ten people out buying stuff,” he said.

One of the most convenient items they have available are worms for fishing.

“I’ve lived out here since ‘83 and every time I’ve come up to Intake it’s like, “oh, we’re out of worms,’” Theresa said. “And then you’ve got to run all the way back into Glendive to get them.”

Looking further into the future, Mack said - if possible - they would like to expand the shop and maybe offer a few different amenities alongside the shop such as small cabins for people visiting Intake to rent.

“I thought of that a long long time ago when I’d seen everybody piling down at Intake (and) didn’t have enough place to get their campers in,” he said.

Mack and Theresa are not only looking to add new amenities later on, but also fun things for visitors to do such as cornhole or horseshoes. “We’ve got a lot of plans

“We’ve got a lot of plans if this takes off and works,” Mack said. The hours for their shop

The hours for their shop are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday and will consider being closed on either Wednesday or Thursday when not many people are out on the river.

If visitors wish not to go inside, there is a window for people to drive or walk up to and ask for service from Mack and Theresa. Mack added if someone

Mack added if someone were to come through and they were not in the shop or open for some reason, they can call the phone number on the building for service.

“I don’t want to deliver a Coke down to you, no, but if you order something substantial . . . I’ll get in my car and bring it right down to Intake to you,” he said.

Mack and Theresa look forward to having the business and getting to interact with new people everyday as they stop by and visit.

“(We’re) trying to serve the people, not just be a money making machine,” Mack said.

“We’re just hoping people find it interesting and convenient,” Theresa said.

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“I don’t know if there was ever a store or not, but I bought the place and thought, ‘well, it would be a nice place for a store,”

Mack Peyatt