UPDATED: Sappington's Johnny's Market Closing in October

The Gravois Road grocery store, which John Loeffelman opened nearly 70 years ago, will reduce their operating hours after Labor Day.

A longtime 'mom and pop' market is calling it quits this fall. 

An employee with Johnny's Market, 11155 Gravois Rd., confirmed that the store will close on Oct. 13. A declining customer base is one the contributors to the market's closing, the employee said.

The grocery store will eliminate its Sunday hours after Labor Day. They're also shaving a couple hours off their Monday-Saturday operations after Sept. 2, and will be open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

John and Adel Loeffelman introduced the store to the community in 1944, according to the Johnny's Market website.

"According to legend, Johnny Loeffelman got into the grocery business on his way to catch a few catfish in 1944. A young meat cutter in a city market in South St. Louis, Johnny was on a little fishing vacation.... and before he knew it, he was involved in negotiations for the sale of the store."

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Update: Owner Deborah Loeffelman spoke with the St. Louis Business Journal on the significance of the Friday the 13th closing. Read the full story on St. Louis Business Journal.


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Karlie Baker (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Again, not enjoying that I'm such a new resident. A handful of people have urged me to visit their meat counter before they close. What are you going to miss about Johnny's?
L August 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Crab dip!!!
Carrie Warren August 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Lame - love Johnny's!
Don Holstein August 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Johnny's Market will be missed. Thanks for the great service these past years.
susie vonderheid August 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
What to do, where to go? Hate those huge supermarkets!!
John Chicken August 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Johnny's has always been there. Its an anchor for the Sappington business district. This can't be happening...
John Schreiber August 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM
So sad to hear this... I always went there as a kid with my mom and when I got older would always ride my bike there from our house in Crestwood. My mom still shops there and has been for more than 30 years. It is always nostalgic going back in there when I visit home. The smells are still the same and it really hasn't changed much in my lifetime (which I loved). I'll always remember the pizza lady handing out samples of Mama Lucia's Pizza in the frozen food aisle and how the employees always had dum dum suckers at the registers for the kids. It will definitely be missed as it was an institution for so many people who grew up in the area.
Lori Burkhardt August 24, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Big business is killing family business.
Virginia Schiwinger August 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
It always put a bright spot in my day to shop there. I knew and loved all the workers. Debbie was so kind to my Mother when she was in DeGreff House bringing pastries to she and all the residents there. I will miss all of them.
Karlie Baker (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words, I'm sure the market appreciates knowing what an impact they made on longtime residents!
Karen Fox August 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I've been shopping at Johnny's since I was three years old. It is a wonderful place "where everybody knows your name". Debbie gave such friendly service. I will never forget her kind words to me when my father died. I never knew I couild be so sad about a grocery store closing.
Tim Berry October 09, 2012 at 02:16 PM
This is sad. A great place to stop in! The crab dip ! It's Great! I remember Johnny's all the way back in the sixties as a kid in Sunset Hills. The store and the Home Town service will be very much missed.Johnny's used to deliver groceries to my home way back then.
O.J.McNamee October 09, 2012 at 08:17 PM
How sad. I,ll never forget Rosie Sellers the checker what a fun gal. Also remember the philosophical way John explained to me how a persons ideas and views of life can change every 7 years or so. So don't be too disappointed if things don't always go the way you expect them....gosh that had to be back in the mid 50s. Later when I got married I used to buy the prime rib on sale for 69cents a pound for sunday dinner and cook it on the rotisserie. RIP Johnny's market and many thanks for the memories.


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