TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) -Tuckerman residents will soon have to travel out of town if they want fresh meat and produce.
Bill’s Fresh Market, 812 U.S. Highway 67, will close its doors for good on Sunday, April 14.
Manager Marvin Rutherford said employees learned the news Thursday.
“They’ve been trying to work something out but just couldn’t,” Rutherford told Region 8 News. “They told us yesterday.”
He said the grocery store was the only one in town.
“There are a couple of convenience stores,” he said, adding that customers will now have to travel to Newport or elsewhere for groceries.
Mayor of Tuckerman, Rick Womack said he was sad to see them go.
“It’s a big asset to our town to have a local grocery store," Womack said. “We’ve got a lot of elderly folks that don’t drive outside out of town.”
President and Founder of Every Child is Ours, Jan Paschal said they are hopeful another grocery store will come to the area soon.
“We know how important nutritional food is,” Paschal said. "Junk food isn’t going to cut it. We need to have especially our young and old, food that’s nutritious that will help them.”