CLARKSVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) – In a month and a half, Clarksville will be without a full-service grocery store.
The owners of Clarksville Hometown Grocery posted to their Facebook page the family is pursuing a different path and their last day will be August 31.
Trucks have stopped delivering to the store and there won’t be any in the foreseeable future.
To some, like insurance agent and Clarksville native Tom Clark, the grocery store hold some memories.
“When I was in junior high school, that was my first job working weekends and a night or two after school. Lots and lots of memories,” Clark said.
A lot of people in Clarksville shared the same sentiment that it’s sad to see the grocery store close but question if it’s a sign of the times.
Clarksville Mayor Val Swinton hopes someone will step in so the doors won’t stay closed for long.
“She [the current owner] is actually the third owner of that grocery store since I’ve lived here in the last 20 years. So there’s always been an interest expressed in having a grocery store in town, so I hope that continues,” Swinton said.
Beginning Monday, Clarksville will have a new Dollar General opening in downtown. The store will provide access to some foods like frozen meats and vegetables. It will also carry milk, bread, eggs and similar items.
Swinton said it’s sad Hometown Grocery is closing, but the new Dollar General is something to be excited for.
“To me it’s a major retailer expressing confidence in our economy,” he said, “They’re willing to come in and establish a new store in downtown Clarksville.”
While the Dollar General will carry most necessities, people will still have to travel to nearby communities for produce.
The owners of the Hometown Grocery tell KWWL: “We are just hoping we can find someone that may want to carry on this piece of local history.”