Long Time Lakes Area Grocery Store Changing Hands

Thu 4-2-2015 IA"], ["1704 Okoboji Avenue Milford

(Milford)-- A longtime lakes area grocery store is changing hands. It was announced this (Thurs.) morning Sunshine Foods is acquiring the Buy Rite Foods store in Milford. The transaction is to be completed by June 1st. The store will be re-named Sunshine Foods in early June.

Neal Wahlman, Buy Rite Foods' chairman, tells KUOO news they feel the time for the transition is right...Buy Rite01 

Buy Rite has had a longstanding presence in Milford, opening its doors in 1963 on the south end of Milford...Buy Rite06 

Sunshine Foods operates 14 supermarkets in southern Minnesota, northwest Iowa and southeast South  Dakota, including one in Jackson.

Wahlman thanks Buy Rite's customers for their support over the years, adding it's going to be a big change for him and his family...Buy Rite03 

The closure of the town's only grocery store is sparking concern among some residents in the community. Lake Park business woman Julie Ebel tells KUOO news they've started an effort called "Save Our Silver Lake Store"...Buy Rite04 

Ebel encourages those who are concerned about the matter to attend a meeting this coming Monday evening, April 6th, at Captain Ken's in Lake Park...Buy Rite05 

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

**UPDATE**  FRIDAY April 3rd 1:30PM:

We have been notified by the City Administrator of Lake Park that Buy Rite in Lake Park will stay open until further notice.