Longtime Madill grocery store closing its doors

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MADILL, Okla. -- A well-known family owned grocery store in Marshall County is closing its doors. The Homeland Company has purchased the Thrifty Grocery Store in Madill. Owners say they are unable to compete with big competitors coming to town.

After 30 years in business, the owners of Thrifty say since Wal-Mart could be moving into the neighborhood anytime soon, it’s better to sell the family business now rather than wait to be put out of business.

"As a matter of Wal-Mart coming into town, we figured with a merger of two companies we would have a fighting chance standing against them," Thrifty Grocery co-manager James Christie says.

That is the reason why owners of Thrifty decided to sell their family owned grocery store to Homeland, fearing that competition from national giant Wal-Mart would put their store out of business.

This sale will make Homeland the only grocery store in Madill until Wal-Mart moves in, which doesn’t settle too well with some long-time Thrifty shoppers.

The big question remains: when is Wal-Mart actually coming to Marshall County?

Officials at the Marshall County Chamber Of Commerce say Wal-Mart officials have not said when that move is set to happen.

"They had put out for an abstract order on this parcel of land south of town. That’s the last we've been told," Marshall County Chamber of Commerce director Jeff Hudson says.

In the end, Thrifty store owners believe it's better to bow out than try to compete with the big boys.

There is good new for Thrifty employees. As part of the purchase deal, all 50 employees will work for Homeland.

Thrifty will close its doors March 26.


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  • by pablo Location: Madill on Mar 19, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    I think an mexican resturant would be a fine business to fill this building.The one across from Mcdonalds is not big enough.It would help serve the spanish folks in Madill.They are the hardest working people in Madill.
  • by Junk-Shopper Location: Marshall Co on Mar 18, 2008 at 08:53 PM
    I hope it will become another main street junk store, I love shopping at them.
  • by MJ Location: kingston on Mar 18, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    Alot of people in Madill and Kingston don't even work, they wait for the check in the mail. Then instead of buying food for their kids they give it to the casino. Madill is not looking very good, what are the casinos doing for the county besides making kids go hungry at home. Look at the price of gas and food, but the casino needs more parking. Maybe the new workcenter will help out Madill, extra help to clean up the trash.
  • by Longtime Shopper Location: Madill on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    In response to NON-SHOPPER, you asked what effect the Lodge had on the Marshall County economy. It had a huge effect. Once it closed down, tourist dollars did not flow through the county any longer. People came from Oklahoma City and other areas to spend weekends camping, boating, or golfing at the Lake Texoma Lodge area. Most of these people came through Madill and Kingston and would stop in to buy supplies and groceries. With the hotel and camping sites closed, people looked to go somewhere else. Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends were big business for Marshall County businesses and some of them relied on that business.
  • by NON-SHOPPER Location: MADILL on Mar 17, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    THANK GOODNESS THIS RUDE STORE IS FINALLY CLOSING IT'S DOORS. THE OWNERS WOULD HAVE THE COPS COME AND REMOVE TRUCK DRIVERS FROM PARKING OUT BY THE ROAD EVEN IF THEY WRE IN THEIR STORE BUING SUPPLIES. NO ACCOMIDATIONS IN MADILL FOR THESE FOLKS. I HAVE ALSO HEARD THAT HOMELAND IS MOVING TO THRIFTY BECAUSE THE INDIANS HAVE BOUGHT THEIR BUILDING AND WALMART ALSO. TO PUT IN ANOTHER GAMBLING JOINT. SO ALL THOSE WHO SPENT THEIR WELFARE CHECKS AND CHILD SUPPORT MONEY CAN HAVE A BIGGER PLACE TO PARK. ONCE AGAIN WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO BUILD IN A TOWN WHERE THE CITY MANAGER TELLS EVERYONE WHAT TO DO. I AM GLAD TO SEE ANOTHER BUSINESS GO OUT. AS FOR THEIR "COMPETIVE LOW PRICES" IT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN MADILL. AS FOR THE ECONOMY BECAUSE THE ALL MIGHT LAKE TEXOMA LODGE CLOSED. WHAT DID THAT HAVE TO DO BRING IN MONEY TO MARSHALL COUNTY. MAYBE POINTE VISTA WILL BUY OUT MADILL TOO AND CLEAN UP THAT NASTY TOWN. SOMEONE NEEDS TO HAVE A SET TO DO THAT.
  • by Lindsay Location: Poteau on Mar 17, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    I would just like to say a giant THANK YOU! Many of you may not know it, but Thrifty Center always gave 100% to helping our community. They donated countless times to the school system to make extra things possible. I can't think of one time that they told us no. They supported our kids and our community. I just want them to know that through the years, they were appreciated.
  • by Jimmy Joe Longjohn Location: Madill on Mar 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM
    Now where do I shop? Homeland is so high that I guess my only choice is General Dollar or Drive to Durant or Ardmore to buy grogeries. Thifty was the best place to shop in Madill. I know alot of people who would drive from Marietta to shop there also. As for Mork from Ork. You need to come to Madill and show your face or use your real name. Southern Oklahoma Folks don't like to be talked to like we are stupid. Come on. We are people with feelings too.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    The person who thought the owners were unfriendly must be an overbearing, bossy sort of person who didn't get their way when dealing with the owners. Or just didn't like them for some other stupid reason.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM
    Their prices were lower than their competition, if by competition you mean only Super C. Thrifty was expensive if you wanted anything other than "Save" brand. Homeland is the same. If you like these small town groceries, enjoy the free market and shop there. But I want service, prices, and selection over familiarity or "charm". The owners were complete jerks, too. Just ask anyone who has worked for them.
  • by Allison Location: Madill on Mar 15, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    For your information the business was NOT inherited it was BOUGHT from their other family members. The owners were also very friendly and always tried to help everyone in the community! Until you yourself have completly owned and ran a business on your own for 30 years how can you say that is not a "real job". Obviously you have not visited Thrifty Center very often because their prices were always lower and their customer service were always a step above the competiter. Thrifty Center will be missed!
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