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Bob's Food Store in Garnavillo closes doors after 38 years

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GARNAVILLO (KWWL) -

For 38 years, Denise Saunders has been able to run to Bob's Food Store in Garnavillo to pick up that last minute item she needs for dinner.

But now, she'll have to plan ahead, she says, because Bob's Food Store is closing it's doors.

"It's beyond words. It almost makes me want to cry," she said.

Bob Bente, who opened the business in 1977, says a new rule that requires him to get a certification to retain his license is part of the reason he's closing the business.  "I'm 74 years old, and I don't want to go back to school," he said.

He's also had trouble finding people to work in his store.

Regardless of the reason, he's disappointed his run is coming to an end.

"And as time went on, now it just seems like a let down, you know, the bottom fell out and it's over with, you know?"

One of Bob's biggest concerns now is how Garnavillo's older population will get their groceries.

"It's gonna be a real problem. We have a lot of older people that live here and some of them are forbidden to drive very far," he said.  The nearest store, he says, is about a 15 minute drive away.

Any concerns that he wouldn't sell the rest of his product have been alleviated this week, as he says his business has been more than steady the past few days.

"We've cleaned these store shelves off the past three or four days."

And his future?

"I'm not sure yet," he says, adding once he's done shutting down the store, then he'll think about his next step.

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