SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – A Springboro grocery store serving its loyal customers for half a century is falling on hard times.
The Springboro IGA is closing out its inventory now and expects to close.
“Everything is up in the air right now,” said Doug Preston, owner. “We might move to a smaller facility if we can sell the current location.”
Preston says the closing of the store at the corner of State Route 741 and Route 73 impacts 20 employees and several family members that work in the store.
“Shutting down is the hardest thing. I’ve been here since 1958,” said Preston. “It’s a hard thing to do.”
Preston told 2 NEWS that his store’s biggest challenge is to be competitive on pricing. His store simply cannot buy and sell products at the same prices as big, corporate stores.
Preston says he values his shoppers. Some are third and fourth generation customers loyal to the store, but the IGA is “not on a level playing field” with the larger markets.
He says choice is also a factor. You can buy groceries pretty much anywhere.