CINCINNATI -- A friendly neighborhood grocer is feeling the pinch as customers are being pulled toward bigger supermarkets and smaller convenient stores.
“So the Kroger wants its market share, Walmart wants its share of the market and when they start fighting with each other and competing very aggressively with each other, the little guys are always the ones that get caught in the crossfire,” said Reading IGA owner Steve Goessling.
Goessling sat in his office Wednesday, hands folded when he announced his decision to close his store of 15 years and liquidate stock.
Fifteen years, fighting what he felt was the good fight placed its toll on the bottom line.
“Well I got into it because I wanted to be the hero of the community supermarket,” Goesslng said. “I didn’t really think the world was that great of a place to live if there wasn’t room for the hometown supermarket.”
For some, his Reading store will be missed.
“I would run down here and get milk and eggs when I would run out of something, when I was in the middle of baking something,” said customer Jan Dixon.
Of course, there are other stores for Dixon, and at least one more chance for Goessling to be a community hero.
The man owns the IGA on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton.
After facing hurdles and roadblocks, Goessling said the Ludlow project will be different than the typical IGA format.
“I'm actively engaged with a group of people that are dedicated to making that Clifton project happen,” Goessling said.