McGinnis Sisters selling everything
Eagle Staff Writer
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January 11, 2017
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From left, Sharon McGinnis Young, Bonnie McGinnis Vello and Noreen McGinnis Campbell are the three sisters for whom the McGinnis Sisters grocery store is named. The store in the Adams Shoppes along Route 228 is selling its entire inventory and will close when the shelves are empty.

ADAMS TWP — An anchor of the Adams Shoppes on Route 228 is selling its entire inventory at 50 percent off, and the store will close when the shelves are empty.

McGinnis Sisters, an upscale grocery store that sold well-known food items as well as organic and gluten free products, fresh meat, bakery and deli items, flowers and produce, opened its Adams Township location in 2008 when the Adams Shoppes was developed.

Jennifer Daurora, the director of operations and a third-generation McGinnis, said the sales at the store could no longer support the operation.

“We’re so sad,” said Daurora. “We have loved being a part of this wonderful community.”

McGinnis said the store will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until the entire stock is depleted.

“We’ve never closed a store before and this is all new to us,” Daurora said when asked to estimate the store’s last day.

On Friday afternoon, the entire meat case and most of the produce area were empty. The eastern part of the 20,000 square-foot store was empty and roped off to the customers who perused the remaining shelves for a bargain.

“The customers up here have become like family,” Daurora said. “We so much enjoyed being part of the community.”

Noreen McGinnis Campbell, one of the three sisters for whom the store is named, helped customers and rang up orders on the cash register on Friday.

“We’re very, very sad,” Campbell said. “This is a beautiful community and the customers are so wonderful.”

One of those customers was Carol Podobensky of Butler, who is saddened that the store is closing. Podobensky traveled to the store frequently, mainly to take advantage of sales.

“I love their chipped steak,” Podobensky said. “This is the only place I can get it.”

She also enjoyed the store’s bakery, breads and cheeses.

“I’m sad. I can’t believe it,” Podobensky said.

Donna Duffolai of Freedom, Beaver County, also shopped the closing sale on Friday. Duffolai preferred the store’s chicken, meat and bread, and appreciated that the owners dealt with local purveyors as much as possible.

“I’m sad and shocked,” said Duffolai, who didn’t know until she arrived at the store that its doors will close. “I like them. I think they ran a good business.”

Hank Schnorr of Mars came to McGinnis Sisters on Friday to buy fixings for chili, but perused all the aisles when he learned the store is closing.

“I’m bummed out,” Schorr said. “This is a great store and they have quality stuff.”

Daurora consolidated items on shelves as shoppers streamed through the store on Friday. She said she would miss the atmosphere at the Adams location.

“There’s a warmth here with the team members and the customer,” she said.

What is now McGinnis Sisters began as a mom and pop grocery store 70 years ago in Baldwin, Allegheny County, where Daurora’s grandparents sold meat, produce and deli items.

“That has always been our main focus,” Daurora said.