BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A family grocery store with a century’s worth of history is closing in Berlin Center this week.
It was one hundred years ago when Shrader’s Store first opened as a general store. It was a convenience to have one so close back then.
“People didn’t travel 10 or 15 miles, that was a big undertaking. The road wasn’t very good, it was just dirt,” said owner Richard Shrader.
The store, that sits Route 224, was owned by Shrader’s Grandparents, and then his parents, who owned it until they retired.
“Mom and dad said they were 62 and they said it was time for them to retire, and if I wanted to try the store that it would be a good time to do it,” Shrader said.
He’d been a part of the store all of his life helping with stock and running the cash register. Shrader grew up in the store that included three bedrooms upstairs and a kitchen.
After nearly four decades of running the store, Shrader said it’s time to close for good. He said the business has changed over the years and things have slowed down quite a bit.
“I’m 60. That sounds like retirement age to me. It is time for a change,” Shrader said.
A complete auction will be held of the business and property in August. For more information on the auction, click here.