Vic's Supermarket shutting down in Reed City
REED CITY — The shelves are emptying as Vic's Supermarket prepares to close and leave Reed City without a grocery store.
Vic's is reducing inventory and the last day is expected to be sometime next week, said Vic's Owner Mary Neal.
"It's true we are closing," Neal said. "We are still hoping someone will come along and want to invest, but it's all up in the air."
Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim O'Neil heard the news earlier this week about the store closing.
"It is for sale and it's sad," O'Neil said. "Vic's has been here for over 50 years."
While O'Neil said it's a shock to think of the store closing, difficulties have likely had a financial impact on the supermarket.
In August, three former employees from the store were arrested and charged with stealing money, cigarettes and lottery tickets from the store, pocketing thousands of dollar.
The scam was eventually investigated by the Reed City Police Department, leading to charges for Cheryl Wolverton, Shelley Stinson and Corina Johnson.
Wolverton pleaded no contest to two counts of larceny in a building and is set to be sentenced next month. Stinson and Johnson each pleaded guilty to one count of larceny in a building, with the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office agreeing to dismiss an additional charge of larceny in a building for each of them.
Both Stinson and Johnson received one-year delay of sentences and were ordered to pay restitution.
O'Neil said the business is for sale and the chamber is actively seeking another grocer to fill the space.
"We need a grocery store in the area, right now Vic's is the only one right in Reed City," she said. "Vic's closing is going to be a huge void and loss for our community."