Goodbye IGA!

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Reese & Ray’s IGA quietly closed its doors with an announcement on Facebook on Monday Photo by Jaci Webb, Laurel Outlook

Reese & Ray’s IGA quietly closed its doors with an announcement on Facebook on Monday Photo by Jaci Webb, Laurel Outlook

No more Chester’s chicken and fresh doughnuts from the bakery. Reese & Ray’s IGA quietly closed its doors with a brief announcement on Facebook on Monday, saying “The time has come, we have turned the key in the door for the last time and the store is now closed. Thank you to the Laurel community for the support over the years!”

On Tuesday, customers were still driving into the mostly empty lot, walking to the door and reading the closed sign. Their electronic sign out front read, “Thank you Laurel.”

Reese LeaVesseur and Ray O’Loughlin bought the former Jan’s IGA from the Dantic family in 2008. The Dantics had owned the IGA store for 30 years, and customers worried at the time that the store would be sold to a big chain. Walmart had opened in Laurel in 2007, making it a challenge for the smaller store to stay competitive. LeaVesseur and O’Loughlin had started out in the grocery business as bag boys, and they worked hard to keep the hometown charm with good customer service at the Laurel IGA. The store has been sold to Albertson’s and after renovations, they are expected to reopen. Employees have been offered positions at the Billings Albertson’s stores.

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