Thirty years ago, McKim's IGA opened up in Mount Vernon, and on Thursday, former employees and loyal customers came out in droves to support the achievement.
“I was five years old, and I’m seeing faces that dealt with my daddy when we first opened our very first store, so for you to have people that are willing to drive hundreds of miles for this day, and the community outpour blows my mind," said Stacy McKim, CEO if McKim's IGA.
Stacy’s father opened the grocery store up back in 1991. This business has been ran by a loyal friend of the McKims, Larry Williams, and for Larry, the last 30 years of work has been a family affair.
“All three of my sons started working for me when they were 14," said Williams. "They’re all in management positions right now. They are as big of a part of running this store as I am, and I’m very proud of them.”
McKim's began as a chain of 14 grocery stores across the nation, but now only the Mount Vernon store stands, and there’s good reason behind why they’re still thriving 30 years later.
“You go out and look at the baseball fields, you’ll see our names on the fences," said Williams. "You go to the baseball team, you’ll see our names on their jerseys. Last week, we had a fundraiser for deputy Hicks. We had people come up to us and ask us if we’re going to do something, we did, and we raised over $4200.”
Giving back to the Mount Vernon community, that’s what McKim's has done for the last three decades, and Stacy was moved to tears today to see her father's legacy celebrated after his passing three years ago.
“For there to still be a McKim’s IGA, period. It would not be happening without the support of Mount Vernon and without Larry and his family. Without them, my fathers name would not be carried on, so that, to me, means the world to me.”