Since 1965, the City of Laddonia’s residents enjoyed having a local grocery store to help meet their family’s needs without having to go far from home.
Unfortunately, it appears that era comes to an end at the end of January when Goodwin’s Grocery closes its doors after it served Laddonia as the main grocer for the past 30 years.
Owner Greg Goodwin said he had plans to keep his business going but he wasn’t able to cover the expenses any more.
“Economics unfortunately forced my hand,” he said. “…I wanted to retire out with the store.”
As each week goes by the business will be selling the remaining goods at a discounted rate.
For the week of January 19-23, items are marked at 30% off. It reaches 40% off for the week of January 26-30.
Excluded items include money orders, lottery tickets, along with hunting and fishing permits.
The new store hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday with the store being closed on the remaining weekends.
All of the equipment and the building itself will be auctioned off. An auction date has yet to be scheduled.
“I will miss the people and the people I have become friends with over the years,” Goodwin added. “…This is a good community. There’s a lot of good people who live here…I thank all of my customers for their support and their past patronage.”
He said he’ll also miss the many young people who have worked for him through the years. The current crew consists of Amanda Grawe, Megan Knipfel, and Karissa Graves.
“We’ve had a lot of young people work here while going to high school over the past 30 years,” he said. “I’ve seen three generations of families.”Goodwin purchased what was called “Evans Grocery” in the early ‘80s.
The building was built by Ed French in 1965 and Don Motley opened the first store at the location.
Goodwin previously worked from 1972-1984 with Niemann Foods out of Quincy, Illinois.
He now plans to relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks with the hopes of working again in the industry.