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It was news to Apple Market co-owner Bob MacDonald when he heard his store was closing at the end of this month.
“I don’t know where they’re getting that,” he said last week.
The locally owned grocery store is going through some difficult times, but MacDonald and co-owner Larry Bowman aren’t throwing in the towel.
They say they were buoyed by the response of people shopping there Saturday, Oct. 5, in a “Save Apple Market” campaign. It was a good day. Sales were well beyond average.
But one concerted shopping event isn’t going to save any business. It takes repeat customers on a consistent basis. It’ll take a change in shopping patterns.
Are we committed to supporting our friends at Apple Market – a business that has supported the Ray County community and its school districts for more than three decades? Can we see the value of having a locally-owned grocery store in the midst of a 150,000-plus square foot mega-store?
Do we want choices?
These questions can only be answered by you, the local consumer.
For me, I cannot imagine living in a town of 5,800 without a bona fide grocery store. A top-notch meat department is a big seller for me, as well as its friendly and accommodating staff. Customer service goes beyond its doors as longtime employees, like Ramona Riggert, deliver groceries to homebound residents – an unheard of benefit.
I don’t expect Apple Market to have every grocery item known to man; it’s a neighborhood grocery store housed in a neglected relic of a shopping center. Its outward appearance isn’t shiny and new, but inside the store is clean and bright, and currently well stocked.
If you want to help Apple Market, shop there and shop often. Your purchases will allow the store to buy more food trucks, which will become more important in the weeks ahead as the store gears up for Thanksgiving and Christmas – two big food holidays.
– JoEllen Black/Richmond News