After more than 40 years of serving the public, the popular Sokol's Market in Queensbury will shut its doors for good next month. YNN's Matt Hunter has more on why the family-owned business is shutting down.
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – "I shop here now every single day that I get out of work, I come in and get something," said Deb Gosline, who works at a hair salon directly across the street from Sokol’s Market.
"It's very convenient and I come here about, I'd say, once every two to three days to pick up any small thing," said Linda Albright, who lives roughly a mile away.
After more than 40 years in business, it's no surprise Sokol's Market in Queensbury has a loyal following.
"My dad used to work here years ago,” said Gosline, who lives in South Glens Falls. “He worked in the South Glens Falls store and he worked up here at this store. There's a lot of memories here for me."
Despite those strong community ties, the Sokol family, whose roots in the Capital Region grocery business go back 100 years in Amsterdam, have decided to close up shop.
After declining an offer to sell their entire plaza last year, they've decided to lease only the grocery store space to that same buyer.
"We had a company approach us and we are about 95 percent there with them,” co-owner Matt Sokol said. “So that's how we came to our decision."
Fourth generation owner Matt Sokol and his two brothers began working at the store in high school. Last year, Sokol's own children joined the family tradition.
"It's been very emotional,” Sokol said Wednesday. “It's a business my great-grandfather started and it's trickled down all the way to my kids."
Sokol would not say which company is planning to move in.
While he's not certain of an exact date, he expects to close the store within a month, marking the end of four decades of family owned business that’s become a staple of a community.
"It's like something from the past, isn't it?” Albright said. “I was hoping they'd be here forever."
"I know they've been in business forever and new things have to happen, but it's just sad to see old friends go," Gosline said.
"It's been very difficult, but I hope they remember us for being just a family as well and very good friends of theirs," Sokol said.