Grocery store to close doors after serving community for 40 years

Published: Apr. 15, 2019 at 7:20 PM EDT
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In 1979, Larry and Mike Sullivan opened up Shenandoah Grocery, in the town of Shenandoah.

After 40 years of providing food for the community, the brothers will be closing their doors for good this summer.

Mike said a lot has changed over the years, including their store neighbors, as they are one of the only stores left in the Village Shopping Center.

The two brothers say even after their long run, they can no longer compete with big grocery stores, like Walmart and Food Lion, due to the cost.

"We really cannot compete anymore with them because of our buying power," Mike said. "They want such a buying quantity nowadays, and it's just the fact that it's hard to do anymore."

Mike said at one point, their store had more than 50 employees working, and now they are down to only six.

Customers who normally shop at the grocery store say they're sad and worried about where they can buy food.

"It's bad for the community," George Curran, a customer for 12 years, said. "It's going to leave us with one place pretty much to get our food without going to Luray or to Elkton."

Town officials said they are looking into finding someone to take over the spot, and they are hoping to find another grocer.

Mike said the store will officially close on June 1. But for now, he and Larry are celebrating their finals days of helping bring food to families' tables in the community.

"It's just been amazing that the surrounding community support has been here for us," Mike said. "It is a heavy heart that we do have to close."

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