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Nauvoo hosting town meeting to discuss possible closure of grocery store

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NAUVOO, Ill. (WGEM) -

Another tri-state mom and pop grocery store is in danger of having to close its doors because of struggling sales.

Now, the owner is trying to rally community support to make his business thrive again in Nauvoo.

Duck Whitaker is the owner of Duck's Foods in Nauvoo and said his business is struggling to stay afloat because of the competition from big chain stores in nearby towns.

One regular customer said she relies on Duck's Foods for her grocery shopping, and it would be an inconvenience to her if they were forced to close their doors.

Mei Lin Lum made a quick stop into Duck's Foods Tuesday to pick up a few groceries.

She said it's convenient to have a place to grab what she needs in town.

Lum said if Ducks were to close its doors it would make grocery shopping more difficult.

"It would definitely be an inconvenience for me shopping as our nearest grocery store would be fifteen miles or so, not including gas, takes time," said Lum.

But according to owner Duck Whitaker he's been hearing the sounds of his register less and less in the last 4 years, and said its getting harder and harder to compete with big chain stores in nearby towns.

"I can't begin to carry as much variety as stores in Keokuk, the big stores that is. That's part of the reason price being part of the reason," said Whitaker.   

Whitaker said if business doesn't pick up he will be forced to shut down at the end of the summer.

"I haven't showed any profit for the last four years," said Whitaker.   

Now, in a last ditch effort to salvage his business Whitaker is teaming up with economic development officials in Nauvoo to rally community's support to his store.

Whitaker plans on selling vouchers to customers that would give them a 10% discount whenever they shop at his store as part of incentives to get people back in the door.

Incentives that Lum hopes will keep Duck's open in the community.

"Small town grocery stores are relied on heavily for last minute shopping or necessities you might have forgotten in your regular grocery shopping," said Lum. 

The meeting will be held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Nauvoo-Calusa Elementary School.

Whitaker said he wants to take suggestions for any improvements residents feel he can make when they attend the meeting.

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