Down on Main filling void left by closing of IGA

LEETONIA – A local odds and ends shop is expanding its business to try to meet the needs of the community after the closing of the IGA.

Down on Main, a dollar store-like shop that offers a variety of craft and miscellaneous items, is expanding its merchandise to include simple grocery and dairy products such as cereal, condiments, bread, milk and household products, as well as extending its hours, for residents who aren’t able to travel out of town for routine items. The store is also seeking permits for lottery, alcohol and cigarettes sales.

“[Owner Marie Miller] is very much for the community,” said manager Suzanne Tobuck.

Tobuck said the store refrained from adding the items for a while, not wanting to take business away from the IGA.

But the IGA closed at the beginning of this month after more than 35 years in business, leaving the village without a traditional grocery store.

“A lot of people here don’t or can’t drive,” Tobuck said. “They need something close to home.”

Tobuck said Miller took suggestions from customers of what they wanted offered, and continues to take suggestions to best meet their needs.

The store expanded on Feb. 7. Currently it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but Tobuck said there will be more hours added, likely including on Sundays, to accommodate customers. She said the hours are still undetermined at this time, though.

Tobuck said they are not doing anything special to mark the occasion, they just want people to know they’re available.

“Whatever we can do to help pick up the community,” she said.