LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It is famous for its country hams and great customer service. Another Louisville family owned neighborhood grocery store is closing, but not because business is bad.
It has been in business for 55 years, but Burger's Market on the corner of Grinstead Drive and Ray Avenue will close on March 16.
"You've got to stop and smell the roses sometime, and we are looking forward to that," says Jeff Burger who owns the store along with his brother Tony.
It is the kind of store where the owners themselves stock the shelves. While it is another example of the demise of the small family owned store, the closing of Burger's is not because business has been bad. "Thanksgiving and Christmas were the best we've ever had," says Burger.
He and his brother are now in their mid-60's and are looking forward to some down time. "Both of us work two 12 hour days a week," says Burger, "and it gets pretty old so we think its time to pack it up."
The Burger brothers, whose father started the business in 1958, say younger family members are not interested in taking over the store. "No one wants to work 50 to 60 hours a week anymore," says Jeff, "especially during the holidays."
Longtime employees are sad but understand the reasons for the upcoming closing. "It was a shock," says 17-year employee Dennis Roberts, who works behind the meat counter," but I can understand Tony and Jeff, they've been in this business a long time."
Customers are also sad to hear about the store's closing. "I don't know what we are going to do without our treasured meats, tenderloins, and our country hams," says customer Olivia Beneke, "but the service here has always been fabulous."
As to the possibility of selling the business to someone outside the family, Burger says it is not out of the question, but that they might have a difficult time finding someone as hardworking to carry on their reputation for great service.
The store offers home delivery. Many elderly people take advantage of that service.
But the Burger brothers say after working 55 years in the family business they are looking forward to doing some traveling and having a little fun without having to worry about those 12-hour days.
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