After nearly five decades of selling fresh food and other household goods, this independent grocery store in Illinois will be shutting down for good.
The supermarket, which has been in business for over 50 years, is located off Route 176 and has been a staple in the community for generations.
While the specific reasons for the closure are unknown, it is clear that the loss of Island Foods will be a massive blow to the local community.
For many residents, the store was more than just a place to buy groceries; it was also a gathering place where neighbors could catch up on the latest news and plan for the future.
In the coming days and weeks, residents will no doubt be left wondering what will become of their beloved Island Foods.
The owners mentioned in a recent Facebook post that the building and surrounding property are in the process of being sold. They said, "although they were not sure what the new owners were planning to do with the property," they were able to hint that "there are ongoing discussions with the Village and the Mayor's office."
While an official close date has not yet been posted, the owners stated on Facebook that they planned to close the grocery store by the end of August.
Over four hundred local residents left messages on the grocery store's Facebook page sharing memories of shopping at the store and expressing their condolences regarding the closing.
Island Foods will undoubtedly be missed by many in Island Lake.