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01-09-04: Grocer will open store in Celina


John Sutter, Fort Recovery’s Ole Fort IGA owner, will open a grocery store in Celina whether or not his attempt to purchase the former Big Bear Store on Logan Street is successful.
“We’re still in the process of trying to buy the Big Bear store, but it’s not a done deal. There are a lot of hoops to jump through with the bankruptcy,” Sutter told The Daily Standard this morning.
Sutter would not comment any further on the sale, but did say he has plans to come to Celina no matter what.
“Even if this Big Bear thing falls through, I’m coming to Celina. I’ve even got another location picked out,” he said.
Big Bear parent company Penn Traffic and a U.S. bankruptcy court have final approval on the sale of the Logan Street store. So far, Sutter is going through a maze of paperwork and inspections, he said.
The closing of Big Bear stores in Auglaize and Mercer counties leaves about 300 full- and part-time workers without jobs. The local closures were part of the company’s plan to sell or close all 67 Big Bear stores as it fights its way out of bankruptcy.
The Celina Big Bear store off Wayne Street and the St. Marys store are still open, and employees there would not comment on when those stores will close. The New Bremen store also is still open and will close Wednesday, according to an employee.
Although Celina and St. Marys still have other groceries available, New Bremen and Wapakoneta shoppers will have to leave town to shop after the closure of Big Bear, the only grocer in those towns.


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