The Morses’ announcement comes more than 1 ½ years after Paul and Kim McDowell of Ravenna closed the only grocery store in town, Ravenna Super Foods, in January 2019. At that time, the McDowells told the Hub that increased competition from chain stores and economic losses in the Ravenna community contributed to the closure. They had owned the business for 23 years.
After the town was left without a grocery store, Ravenna Economic Development Executive Director Amber Ross and other community members worked to find a new grocer in their town of 1,350 people. She said different groups talked with area grocers about the opportunity in Ravenna, and the Morses were the right fit.
“They’re just really excited to come into Ravenna and really expand what they’re already doing in Wood River,” she said.
Veronica said she and Jamie bought the grocery store in Wood River five years ago.
At the Ravenna store, she said they will offer both groceries and catering services, as they do in Wood River. However, because the Ravenna store is twice as big as the Wood River store, she said they will be able to offer more selection and variety of goods, which includes meat, produce, frozen and dry goods, as well as alcohol, in Ravenna.
The Ravenna store is 6,000 square feet, and 4,500 square feet of it will be dedicated to grocery. The other 1,500 square feet will be dedicated to warehouse space for both the Ravenna and Wood River stores.
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