Southern Illinois grocery business started in 1863 closing their doors

Supermarket aisle with empty green shopping cart

A family-owned grocery store business in southern Illinois is closing its doors after operating continuously for more than 155 years.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Schuette Stores Inc. is shuttering its stores in Troy and Breese as part of a filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Mike Schuette cited online shopping and home delivery as factors that changed the sector.

The grocery business was founded in 1863. Troy Mayor Allen Adomite says he’d shopped at the local story for most of his adult life. He says he was as surprised as anyone by word of the closing and saddened by the news.

But he says the town would work hard to bring a new retailer into the area, adding that he thought “a town of 10,000 can support a grocery store.”