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Morrisonville Grocery Store About to be Torn Down

Residents in Morrisonville are driving much further for groceries these days. That's because the town's only grocery store closed a couple of months ago. The building that housed the IGA store in Morrisonville is in the process of being torn down.

Kitchell Memorial Library Board President Beth Fuchs remembers the old IGA.

"Everybody thinks of the fountain cokes," Fuchs said. "That was the big, cheap fountain cokes that were delicious, everybody had to have. And the deli, everybody enjoyed. And easy access to things we needed on a daily basis."

It wasn't just a place to buy groceries.

"No, no, and it was a place if you wanted the news of the day, that would the place to go," Fuchs said. "Coffee in the morning for a lot of people. It was just a great place to visit and get what you needed."

The business closed just a couple months ago.

"Miss it already," resident Red McKinnie said. "It's been here ever since I was a kid."

"How old are you?," we asked.

"Just over 80," McKinnie said.

The draw of the old IGA hasn't been lost on today's kids inside the Uptown Cafe.

"It's upsetting, because we used to go there like every day after school to get pizza and soda," high school sophomore Brady Wilkinson said. "For practices and game days, we'd get Gatorade and stuff. And now we can't do that anymore."

Cafe owner Adrian Pennock appreciates that type of business.

"Just mom and pop, you know, it's just like this place," Pennock said. "It's small. Everybody knows you. It's nice."

Residents believe a new store will be going up once the old building comes down.

"It will never be the same, because it was always Stewarts'," Fuchs said. "The family has lived here for their whole lifetime so it's always been connected with that family, which is going to be sad to lose that. But a new family coming in, they're from Morrisonville, and have a long history here. So maybe they'll make their own traditions."

According to residents, the IGA closed down around Christmas, after owner Vicky Furness passed away in November. She was the third generation of the Stewart family to operate the store.

While the IGA has closed, Morrisonville supports a fairly strong number of businesses for a town of just over a thousand people. There's a thriving hardware store, an insurance agency, a bank, clothing stores, multiple places to eat and drink, and a library stocked with the latest books and movies.

 
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