Another Longtime Mom-and-Pop Store Closing

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Another longtime mom-and-pop store is shutting down, unable to compete with the large chain stores and struggling economy.

For the remaining customers and employees, the loss comes as a huge blow.

After nearly 30 years, the Branchland IGA is shutting down.

Paula Triplett does the bulk of her grocery shopping there.

"There's been a lot of little businesses close around here the last couple of years you remember from childhood up,” she said. “Big stores come in and the little stores close."

Customers who live in town are now a 20-minute drive from the next closest place to shop.

Rhonda Justice's family has owned the business for 21 years. They’re disappointed to have to close their doors, but the reality of today's economy and larger chain stores taking so much business makes closing unavoidable.

“If my husband and I go some place else out of town, and we go shopping, I always look for a small grocery store because I know they need the business,” Justice said. “It would be nice if a whole lot of other people did that as well."

The IGA in Chapmanville is owned by the same family. It is remaining open. Some of the employees from the Branchland location will be moving to that one.

The Branchland IGA closes Wednesday.

The Oakhurst IGA just off Corridor G closed this weekend.

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