Marvin’s IGA Shuts Down, Makes Room for Walmart

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UATV)- Marvin’s IGA in Fayetteville located on School Ave. is closing its door for good.

The local grocery store has served the community for over 40 years and affected many people along the way.

“It’s kinda sad actually, this was the first store that we shopped at when we moved here from California,” said shopper Tracy Holmes.

Local customers are continuing to shop until its final days and they all have one thing in common- their distaste for what these big corporations are doing to Fayetteville.

“I don’t like Walmart, sorry,” said Joy Powell.

Another local shopper said, “Well you realize that this was the site of Walmart number 2, these things all change when Walmart built neighborhood market up there so I figured it surely not have a chance.”

“I’ll go to Walmart, Walmart wins every time,” said Powell.

This is the last Marvin’s IGA to close in Fayetteville after a economically rough several years for the grocer.

“Its been here for years, it is probably one of the oldest businesses here in Fayetteville and it will be sadly missed for the community and the local community around here,” said store manager Rickey Blakemore.

“It’s a burden on everybody around here, it is a burden,” said a Marvin’s IGA shopper.

Growth is a positive quality for a city like Fayetteville, but it has made a list of expenditures along its path of greatness, Marvin’s IGA being just one.

Story by UATV Reporter Haley Maxwell

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