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Warsaw's only grocery store to soon close

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WARSAW, Ill. (WGEM) -

Pa's Market in Warsaw will soon be shutting its doors for good.

Owner Perry Cameron says the store has been struggling to compete with bigger chain stores for a while, and they were ultimately was forced to make the decision to shut down.

Cameron says all items are marked off by 30 percent until all of the inventory is sold.

Marjorie Jones stopped into Pa's Market in Warsaw on Wednesday morning to pick up some groceries. It's something she's done for over 50 years at the mom and pop grocery store for a couple of simple reasons.

"The convenience and the people that own it are so accommodating," Jones said.

But Wednesday wasn't like any other day, because it will be one of Jones last shopping trips at Pa's Market. Cameron says he didn't have a choice.

"We've been struggling the last four years, borrowing money, hoping the economy would pick up," Cameron said.

But Cameron says it didn't pick up and they just can't compete anymore.

"It's hard for an independent mom and pop store to compete with the Walmarts and the big corporations of the world, because the buying power isn't there," Cameron said. "A lot of times you can go there and buy it cheaper than what we can buy it."

Cameron says he never wanted to say goodbye to a business that has given him so much.

"It's sad in general because it has been a part of my life and part of the community for so many years," Cameron said.

For Jones, she is left not knowing where she will pick up the groceries she needs.

"Senior citizens...a lot of them don't have a way to get to Keokuk and I don't know what they are going to do," Jones said.

One thing Jones does know is Pa's Market will be missed.

"The people that own it are so accommodating," she added. "I really hate to see it close."

Cameron predicts the store will only be open for a few more weeks. Cameron says he has not sold the building yet, but plans to do so.

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