The Borowiak’s IGA stores in Centralia and Mt. Vernon will be closing within 60 days.
Employees were notified this week of the decision. The closure was blamed on dropping sales. In Centralia, first from the Super Walmart store and then more recently by the opening of the eastside Dollar General store. In Mt. Vernon, the opening of the new high school and a change in traffic patterns were blamed.
Owner Trevor Borowiak thanked the employees of both stores for their dedication and said he would miss them the most. He said it has been a great run and is proud of the achievements and impacts they were able to achieve in their communities and the lives of their employees. Borowiak noted the chain stores have become so dominant in just about all industries that are choking out many independents.
Borowiak’s has operated the Centralia IGA store the past 16 years and the Mt. Vernon store for 18 years.
The Centralia store has about 30 employees.
The store will begin discounting merchandise next week but will continue to run full meat and produce sections until closer to the closing date. The actual date will be determined by how quickly merchandise sells out at the store.
Other Borowiak IGA stores in Southern Illinois will continue to operate as usual.