BOONVILLE — Although it has been a fixture in the Boonville Community for decades, the owners of the Great American food store are closing its doors, citing insurmountable challenges from competition from large supermarket chains to high state minimum wage requirements.
“It is with great regret that we announce the closing of Boonville’s Own Great American,” said owner Lynn Lockwood in a statement.
“This family owned and operated grocery store has faithfully served the Boonville area for the past 22-plus years and is very grateful to its many loyal customers,” the statement added.
Faced with the purchasing power of large corporate competitors versus that of their small, independently-owned store, and the pressures of the ever-rising costs of pension, health care and state minimum wages, Lockwood said the family is unable to keep the store operating.
Lockwood said a 20-percent off sale will begin on Sunday, May 26 with reduced shopping hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The going-out-of-business sale will continue until the closing date of Saturday, June 8, the announcement added.
“Once again, we thank all our patrons for their support these past 22 1/2 years,” Lockwood said.
Back in 1996, Lockwood purchased the Boonville and Watertown Great American stores from Victory Markets/Great American Foodstores.
Lockwood had worked for Victory Markets for more than 40 years, starting as a bag boy. When Victory Markets began to sell off its stores, being a resident of Boonville, Lockwood acquired the Boonville and Watertown markets.
The primary reason he bought the stores was to serve the communities of Boonville and Watertown, with a “customers-first mentality,” according to the company’s website.