Corner Market closing after more than a decade on Latimer’s Main Street

Corner Market owners Jan and Gary Stratmann plan to close the business on Aug. 19. The Stratmanns have operated the Latimer grocery store for 12 years. NICK PEDLEY/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

     Corner Market owners Gary and Jan Stratmann recently announced the Latimer grocery store will bag its final sack of groceries next month following 12 years of operation.

     Escalating operating costs and a stagnant customer base are to blame for the closure. The owners said they will shut the doors for good when the store’s food service and alchol licenses expire on Aug. 19, which is exactly 12 years to the day Corner Market opened in 2002.

     For the Stratmanns, the decision wasn’t easy.

     “It was hard for me,” said Jan. “You have your really good days and some bad days, but you have more good days than you do bad. I really enjoy the people.”

     Read the full article in the July 16 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.