Scott Blair, one of the two co-owners of the IGA store, said there wasn’t any one reason why they closed down the store on Saturday, but that many factors contributed, one of which was that they were spread too thin when he and his partner, Ernie Bradshaw, purchased another store in Edmonton at the same time they bought the store in Cadiz.
Blair said the purchasing of the two stores was too much and too soon, and the economy played a role, and went on to say that they had at least two pricing issues as well as an employee who had been stealing cash, although he wouldn’t give the employee’s name.
However, Blair, who lives in Richmond, said he and Bradshaw “really did hate” closing down the store in Cadiz, and added that years from now, they might do something else in Cadiz, as they both enjoy the city.
Debbie Bridges, who works with Cadiz Code Enforcement, said the IGA store will open again on Wednesday, April 8, and will be open for two weeks to get rid of some of its merchandise, but will be closed thereafter.
Cindy Sholar of Renaissance on Main said she was sad for people who live near the IGA who don’t have a vehicle. “It’s convenient for them if they want to walk to get milk or bread,” she said. “I’m also sad for the people who will be losing their jobs, especially in this economy.”
Blair and Bradshaw, who lives in Somerset, own four grocery stores throughout the state.
No other information was known at press time.