The grocery business is a highly competitive and ever-changing industry, especially here in Minnesota. Shoppers have a bevy of options, from big-box warehouse stores to boutique markets and everything in-between. Coupled with the rise of online shopping and home delivery services, consumers have more choices than ever before.
Increasingly, independently-owned, brick-and-mortar stores are finding it nearly impossible to compete in such a marketplace. This week, one of the oldest family-run businesses in Maple Plain, the Maple Plain Food Center (MPFC), closes its doors for good after 52 years of serving the community.
“We’ve got a lot of wonderful, loyal customers, but we just couldn’t sustain it,” says MPFC owner/operator Tom Reycraft. “We tried to hang on as long as we possibly could.”
Reycraft says that his father, Joe, founded the business in 1966.
“My father started the company; he was a pharmacist by trade,” Reycraft says. “We were actually the first combination grocery store/pharmacy in the state of Minnesota.