The local grocery store in Manning has been a cornerstone at the intersection of Highway 141 and West Street for decades, and actually changed hands in June of 2013. Manning residents, Amy Osborne and Dawn Lorenzen purchased the property from Garrett Littlejohn, and today (Tuesday) Osborne confirmed that the pair has sold the business.
In 2006, Graham made national headlines as America’s youngest grocer when he purchased his hometown store in Truman, Minn. at the age of 17. He now owns stores in Rolfe, Rockwell City, Rockwell, Manson and Ackley, and Osborne says he is very aware of the needs in small town Iowa.
Osborne adds that it is unusual to have a previous owner remain in the general manager position, but she and Lorenzen are grateful Graham is willing to work with them in this transition.
She points out that days like today (Tuesday) are great examples of how vital hometown grocery stores are to small communities, especially for the elderly. You do not have to travel outside of town to get necessary items. They are also an integral piece in the support of many other community entities and efforts.
In addition, Osborne adds, people looking to move into a community assess available amenities, and a grocery store is a very positive one to have. Graham will take possession on April 1, but since that is the Easter holiday, the store will officially open under his ownership on Monday, April 2. There are not a lot of changes expected right away, but Osborne says she believes he may rebrand the store to his own, Heartland Markets. A new loyalty program will be eliminated at that time. Osborne thanks the community for their support, and encourages everyone to cash in their points before the end of the month. Carroll Broadcasting has reached out to Graham for comment, and will bring you an update from him in a future broadcast.
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