One of the last family-owned grocery stores closing in Elizabethtown


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- E.W. James & Son's grocery store is a typical nostalgic neighborhood store where residents know every employee by their first name. It was announced though, that the store will soon close its doors for good.

Ryan Keltner was not the only shopper that grabbed what he could from the almost empty shelves of the store in Elizabethtown.
"Chaos total chaos. Everyone wants a deal, yeah if you don't mind staying in line for an hour and a half and you don't mind maneuvering around everyone else," said Ryan Keltner.
A sign on the door says 50 percent off everything. It will close once the merchandise is gone. The 25 employees will then have to find other jobs.
"I hate  to see these people lose a job, its hard to find a job and I have gotten to know some of them," said Lois Shinkle.
Employees were told on Wednesday that the store would be closing basically because of all the competition from nationwide chains.
"Business had declined and we thought it would close but not this soon. We thought maybe the first of the year," said manager Bobby Owens.
So as it closes its doors for good, Bobby and people he has come to know as family, will say their goodbyes and search for another job.
"It's a nice little store but with everything else in the area, its hard for a small little store to stay afloat," said Keltner.
No word on what kind of store will take up the space. E.W. James & Sons has one other store in Hickman Kentucky