Those in the Oakville area will soon save themselves a trip into town to buy that loaf of bread before the snow hits, or grab that can of beans they may need for supper. Jack and Sharon Crossley are preparing to reopen a store in that area, hoping to supply both groceries and hardware to a community that was once a booming town.
The Oakville Store, as it will be called, is located on you guessed it… Oakville Lane. Most who were raised in that area squeezed between 431 South and the Orndorff Mill Road, remember when there was a store before. People used to stop and grab a candy bar 30 years ago before heading to catch the bus for school. As a matter of fact, a presence of a store dates as far back as the early 1900s.
Jack and his wife have been living in the Oakville community since the 1980s. They purchased the old building a few years ago with the intention of opening the store again someday. Well that someday is now here. When Jack retired from South Logan Water the first of the year, he knew it was time to begin this project.
“It’s going to be a general store,” said Jack. “We will have groceries in the front and hardware in the back. We will be supplying ACE brand hardware out of Springfield. I wanted to make sure it was a good and trustworthy brand.”
It’s a good strong building, said Jack, who has done a lot of work on it. He put in new windows, doors, wiring and restrooms. he said he really did more to it then he should have.
Some of the groceries offered will include staples such as canned goods, milk, bread and meat as well. There will be a sandwich line too so the farmers can come in out of the fields and make their own sandwiches.”
Jack said he also wants to cater to Hispanics. The store will have a special section complete with Hispanic foods. A lady that knows how to speak Spanish is going to be making up signs on what will be offered.
Depending on the season will depend on when the store is open. If it is the summer, most likely the store will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and if it is winter, the hours will be shorter. Some Saturdays the store will be open only a half a day and others longer. It will never be open on Sundays, however.
“Farmers will figure out our hours and word will get around,” said Jack.
The store is currently still under construction.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.