Unless a buyer is found, Red Wing grocers will close after 95 years - Bring Me The News

Unless a buyer is found, Red Wing grocers will close after 95 years

Buchanan Grocery has served Red Wing residents since 1923.
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Almost a century of retail history could be coming to an end in Red Wing, with the owners of Buchanan Grocery prepare to hang up their aprons.

The store on Buchanan Street has been serving the people of Red Wing since 1923, when it was opened by Arthur Johnson and Anton Hultquist.

The current owners, Kevin and Ann Florine, have been in charge since 1992, when they took over from Kevin's parents, but the pair announced earlier this month that they intend to retire this summer.

They are hoping that before they bow out, likely at the end of July, someone comes forward interested in buying the business from them.

If that doesn't happen, they'll sell the building and its fixtures and Buchanan Grocery will be no more.

"Leaving the many loyal customers and employees who have been a part of the Buchanan Grocery family over the years made this a very difficult decision," they wrote on Facebook.

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The news was met with an outpouring of gratitude and disappointment from customers, many of whom say they'll miss the store's famous potato salad.

Speaking to the Star Tribune, Kevin Florine said that the reason they're closing isn't because business was bad, but because "I'm getting old and my son doesn't want it."

Noting he worked at the store 7 days a week, Florine said he was looking forward to putting his feet up.

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