The Panhandle is set to lose two more grocery stores by the end of this year in some of the areas smaller communities.
After serving the Minatare community for eight years, Prairie Sky Foods is set to close at the end of next month.
Jana and Trevor Schwartz have been at their Main Street location since 2008- but the family says its time to move on and try something else.
They say that their store is a unique business for the small town, because it not only meets the grocery needs of the residents, but they also serve upwards of 50 people a day with their daily lunch special.
Additionally, about 15 people come in for their morning cup of joe in their coffee corner.
Jana Schwartz says their last day will be October 31st- but they are hoping a buyer comes in and purchases the store to keep it open. In the mean time, they will be selling down their inventory in the coming weeks.
She says the move is bittersweet- but they will still have a presence in the community.
“I would really like to thank the community for all the support that they have given us and all of of our customers that have been with us for eight years,” explains Schwartz. “It’s really been great to be part of a community family, and we’re going to continue to do that- just not with our grocery store.”
She says that they will continue to serve on local boards and their son will be active in Minatare sports.
Down the road on Highway 92, Tim’s Jack and Jill Grocery store in Bridgeport will be closing Friday after serving the community for 34 years.
Earlier this month, the ‘The Mitchell Market’ grocery store also closed its doors after serving the community for half-a-decade.