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Video: Company Keeps Family Grocery Alive

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) — The community-owned grocery store may be a fading part of the retail landscape but one North Mississippi company is keeping it alive.

The Triple V company opened its 13th community-based grocery store today in Louisville. The Vowell Marketplace store in a former Piggly Wiggly grocery is the second the company has in the Winston County town. This one is on North Church Street in an area that has been declining since Wal Mart and Piggly Wiggly moved out eight years ago.

Vowell says he’s found success in opening stores in those neighborhoods to not only meet a need but also to help revitalize areas.

“There are a multitude of factors why there are not as many family-owned grocery stores, but the grocery industry has changed quite a bit in the last 10 or 20 years with the entry of different retailers, demographics and economics changing all the time,” explained Triple V’s Todd Vowell.

The store employs about 50 people.

In addition to 10 Vowell Marketplace stores, the company owns three Cashsaver stores in Central Mississippi and West Alabama.