The IGA Grocery Store in Inez will be closing its doors Monday January 6, 2020. They will be open with discounted prices until then.
The downturn in the local economy is blamed for the closure especially since the closing of the coal companies that once supplied a huge boom for Martin County.
Around 60 years ago, Derle Walker opened the store calling it The Inez Supermarket. I remember visiting this store with my parents the whole time I was growing up. It was the only store in town. Warfield had Copleys Market and Inez had Inez Supermarket.
Martin County did get a Save-A-Lot store put in around 16 years ago which helped out the county also.
The Inez IGA store was run by Judy Oosley, Derle Walker’s daughter. The store has had a couple of different names such as Inez Supermarket, Inez Shop Rite and IGA, but it has always stayed in the family.
Judy stated on her Facebook Page that the closing is due to the economy, and lack of customers is why the store will be closing. She prompts local residents to support the community by shopping at the Warfield location.
The store will be missed for sure, especially by some of the residents who would walk to the store from Quail Hollow Apartments.