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Thompson's Grocery in Owego closing after 70 years

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OWEGO (WBNG) -- The business has been a staple in the Tioga County community since the late 1940s.

Thompson's Grocery was bought by Ray Thompson in the same time frame and he would later name it Thompson's Grocery. 

He ran the business for several years before passing it on to his son. 

"It's been a fabulous change of events for all of my family," Ray Thompson told 12 News on Tuesday. 

The grocery store sits on North Avenue and has been a common place for people to shop. 

"Hate to see it go," said Evelyn Scott of Candor. 

Scott has been going to Thompson's Grocery for the past thirty years. 

"It's one of the best stops to grab something on your way home rather than going to the big grocery stores," she added.

Thompson says he's proud to have served people in the area.

"I believe in taking care of the community," said Thompson. "I belonged to all of the organizations at one time or another and my wife is a school teacher. So we were active in the community."

After so many years of running a business he says it was getting to be too much for the family. 

"We're tired after seventy years of seven days a week," explained Thompson. "We had enough."

He says the store will close its doors on April 21. 

His son sold the business to a couple. As for what's in store for its future, that is still in question. 

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