Joshua Morrison/News Utica’s Hometown Market carries fresh foods including fruits, vegetables, meats and milk. Recently, owners Michael and Phillip Atzinger shared a post on Facebook that the Utica market was struggling and in need of more community support due to increased competition from dollar stores, gas stations and large chain grocery stores.

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Utica’s Hometown Market carries fresh foods including fruits, vegetables, meats and milk. Recently, owners Michael and Phillip Atzinger shared a post on Facebook that the Utica market was struggling and in need of more community support due to increased competition from dollar stores, gas stations and large chain grocery stores. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON— Owners of the Hometown Market in Utica made an impassioned plea with Utica residents to support their grocery store.

In a post on the Village of Utica’s Facebook page, Michael and Phillip Atzinger shared that lessened community support —due to the influx of dollar stores and gas stations selling grocery items — has caused the business of 19 years to lose money for the past three years.

Michael Atzinger told the News the Hometown Market locations in Centerburg and Danville have felt some of the effects of big business as well, but Utica has been the hardest hit.

 

Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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