Growing up in the grocery business

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Growing up in the grocery business

Braden Crome, left, sacked groceries for a customer at Crome’s Market in Hanover. The Hanover store is owned by Jenea Bruna, who took the store over from her parents.

Penny Brown, of Jack’s Food Market, left, surveyed the dairy case on a recent Wednesday as she prepared to order grocery items for the next week. Brown is one of nine employees at the Linn grocery store, which is owned by Jack Dieckmann. He is a third generation owner of the store.

Jason Crome, who owns the grocery store in Greenleaf with his wife, Sara, said he never planned to join his family’s grocery business. His parents owned the Greenleaf and Hanover grocery stores when he was growing up. His sister, Jenea Bruna, owns the Hanover store now. Crome said he decided to buy the grocery store in Greenleaf about five years ago because he was tired of being gone all the time when he was a truck driver. Now he is trying to think of ways to get more people to shop local.

Travis Kier is a fourth generation grocer and joined the Washington store in 1992. The Kier family has owned a store in Washington, above, since 1951. Kier said the grocery business has changed significantly since he started working in the store when he was a kid. The change in grocery offerings is one of the many changes he has seen, he said.

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