LADUE — Ladue Market, a local grocery shop which has operated since 1928 at the corner of Clayton and South Price roads selling meat, produce and specialty items, is set to close soon, owners announced on Facebook on Wednesday.
Jerry Meyers, who has been a friendly face behind the store counter for nearly 50 years, said in an interview Sunday that Ladue Market just couldn’t compete with grocery chains any longer.
“It’s a lot harder to make a profit,” Meyers, 68, said. “We’re not on the same buying tier as some of the big stores, and that definitely puts us at a big disadvantage.”
The store will remain open as long as they have enough inventory to sell, Meyers said — likely until February. The market is currently selling most of its inventory at a discount, except for fresh meats.
Customers took to the Facebook comments section to lament the loss of the local institution, which has been staffed by five generations of the same family.
“I pleasantly remember my mom having me walk over there to buy random ingredients,” Ted Morgan wrote. “Being known by name and charging every thing to our house account. Best wishes for the future. And thanks for the memories.”
Meyers has great memories of his own, he said.
“I’ve got customers where, I knew their grandparents, and now they bring their kids in,” Meyers said. “In the (Facebook) comments there are customers I haven’t seen in 30, 40 years that still have fond memories of when my mom and dad were there. It’s kind of awe-inspiring.”
Editor's note: This replaces an earlier version that had an incorrect reference to Meyers in the 2nd paragraph
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