Schnucks Swan Song: Old Store Makes Way for New

For almost 40 years, a red glow in an iconic slanted script has welcomed hungry Evansville shoppers. It was the first of its kind when it opened all those years ago.

Tuesday, it said goodbye to the last.

It's out with the old and in with the new for Schnucks on the east side.

The Evansville store locks up for the last time, leaving a legacy in one spot as they hope for more in another. “It's sad to see it end,” says Craig Schnuck, chairman emeritus of the company. “The store has had such a great history.”

Shelves are bare and lines are non-existant. The first Schnucks to call Evansville home is headed for the door. “It has served thousands and thousands of people,” Schnuck adds.

“I don't routinely shop here but I live in the neighborhood and stop in every now and then for a few quick things.”

Deedee Ivey is the final customer, forever. It took her a moment to realize that, as she pushed her carT with a few essentials towards the parking lot.

“It was more of a social event really,” she says of her trip, with a laugh.

A few things are all she could really manage, with most of the stock now stacked in a new store just across the street. “It's got all of our newest concepts that customers, when they get over and see it, they will really like it,” says Schnuck.

Lawndale Commons gets the re-born supermarket; all 59,000 square feet of it. The new Schnucks will open Wednesday at 7 a.m.

But watching this Evansville staple of staples shut down for the last time is a lot to handle for the man who opened this very store in 1977.

“It's still going to be sad when I turn that key,” Schnuck says, “I might have a tear or two in my eyes.”

Just after 6 o'clock the last customer left, and the key was turned one final time. The start and finish of an era, like a storybook, through Mr. Schnuck himself.

It's said all good things must come to an end.

But it seems Schnucks is just getting started.


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