After more than 60 years of satisfying the grocery needs of the community, the Shop-Rite grocery in Ringgold recently closed its doors.
According to Shop-Rite Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Todd Richardson, the closing of the store was a sad day for the community.
"We are saddened that we had to close the Ringgold location," Richardson said.
The Ringgold store opened up in 1956 and was the first location for the chain that now includes stores in North Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.
Some residents were taken by surprise when the store closed last month, after being a staple in the community for decades.
"It's very sad," said Catoosa County resident Millie Butler. "I've been going there since I was a kid. It'll be strange the store not being there anymore."
Richardson, a third-generation member of the family that started the company, said via email that he isn't at liberty to comment on specifics surrounding the closing.
During a 2011 interview celebrating the store's 55th anniversary, Richardson credited the store's longevity on quality and great relationships with customers.
"It just goes to show you that if you provide quality products, quality service, and if you treat people right, they'll keep coming back to you."