St. Louis, Missouri (PressExposure) May 05, 2013 -- Hilliker Corporation, a St. Louis owned and managed commercial real estate company, was selected to sell a local landmark: Johnny's Market. The family owned and operated grocery store closed its doors on Oct. 13, 2012, which was its 68th anniversary. Hilliker Corporation agents Will Aschinger and Brian O'Connell are representing the seller for this $1.4 million property.
Owners John and Adel Loeffelman opened their store in 1944 at 11555 Gravois Rd. in the Sappington community. The more than 20,000-square-foot building was located on nearly 2.5 acres and featured a variety of local produce and foods. Owner Debbie Loeffelman, the daughter of John and Adel, ran the business for the past 35 years. Both parents are deceased.
Johnny's Market had many highlights during its illustrious history. Since the company only hired union labor, Johnny's Market thrived in 2003 when all other grocery store employees went on strike. That same year the store sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $21 million and reaped a whopping $50,000 from the sale.
"The store was my entire life, and closing it was very emotional for me," said Debbie Loeffelman. "The traditional grocery store is gone because you can get food anywhere now, especially prepared foods that are easy and convenient to buy." Debbie said it was difficult to sell the store, which is located in "a great neighborhood with wonderful people."
Hilliker Corporation is the only St. Louis firm affiliated with the International Real Estate Federation, a group of real estate professionals in 60 countries that focuses on optimizing business opportunities throughout the world.