grocery store opens on Island | Mclean County


A new business is underway in the city center of the island.

Small Town Grocery and More, owned and operated by husband and wife Leonard and Teresa Hill, opened on November 8 at 255-B W. Main St., the former space of the recently closed Red’s Tanning and Hometown Creations.

“My son and daughter-in-law had the opportunity to buy the whole mall, and I told them if something ever opened up I would like to rent one of the units,” Teresa said. Hill. “When one became available, I took it.”

Eric and Mischele Hill, co-owners of Bridge View Pizzeria and owners of the Linear Mall, have been located next door for two years. Although Teresa Hill was excited about the opportunity, she had no intention of opening a grocery store.

“My intentions were to have a salvage store… like I had for 14 years on Highway 431, but my plans have changed,” she said. “As I sat in the Bridge View Pizzeria, I heard different people (talking) say that the island needed a grocery store. So I started to try something new.

And Teresa Hill makes sure the store has what everyone needs right at their fingertips.

“We offer the basics – bread, milk, drinks, coffee, canned goods and various items,” she said.

Teresa Hill said she was not looking for the monetary benefits of opening the business, but rather was trying to respect the wants and needs of residents.

“I didn’t shop for groceries to earn money. We did it as a service to the community, ”she said. “There is no money to be made in the grocery store. “

The store is also offering something more, implementing the two tanning beds that have been transferred from Red’s Tanning, as well as its own gift room – which Teresa Hill says will be the store’s main source of income.

The tan portion of the business includes customers who can purchase a monthly membership for $ 35.

Additionally, Teresa Hill is in the process of having Island shirts and sweatshirts made for sale, a product she was carrying in her salvage store, with one of the current designs including a logo that reads “Island Station, A Small Town with A Big Heart. “

The store also offers evening delivery service throughout the island once a day, especially for the sick or the elderly.

Teresa Hill wants to show her pride in a city close to her heart.

“Since I was born here, this is where my roots are,” she said. “I want to be part of a growing community.

Open for a month, Teresa Hill admits that business has been slow and steady, but is picking up with each passing day.

“A lot of people still don’t know we’re here. Even the people behind us didn’t know we were here, ”she said. “We’re getting ready to have a sign made to put on (US) 431 and the most important thing right now is Facebook.”

While Teresa Hill had experience running her own business, it has been about seven years since she returned to management.

But she still finds joy in it.

“I like it,” Teresa Hill said. “Like I said, there is no money in the grocery store. None, none. I can make up to a quarter on some things, nine cents on some things, some things $ 1. … But like I said, it’s a service.

While Teresa Hill has said the tan and giveaways side of the business will likely keep the store going financially, she believes her familiarity with the city and the residents will draw crowds inside.

“I just like people,” she said. “Everyone who comes here is people I know… and when they come in we talk about the good old days and the people who have passed away and what you have. … It motivates me. … Come and get a loaf of bread, give someone a gift or just come. We love to talk about stories about our city.

Small Town Grocery and More is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact Teresa Hill at 270-860-2590 or visit the store’s Facebook page at

Freddie Bourne, [email protected]


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