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Shoppers weigh in on Gordy's future ahead of hearing to finalize sales of 6 stores

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) -

A request from Gordy's Market to keep its six remaining stores will come before a judge in Chippewa Falls on Monday, December 11. 

As News 18 reported in November, members of the Schafer family have entered into a purchase agreement. They're hoping to hang on to their stores in Barron, Chetek, Cornell, Ladysmith, Lake Wissota and downtown Chippewa Falls. 

Many people in Chippewa Falls said they hope the judge says yes to the deal. 

"I'm sorry that Gordy himself had to go through this," said local Bruce Tallman, "Because he has been a pillar to the community for a long time. So, this store and the one at Lake Wissota, I would be more than happy to continue shopping here in town. It's convenient."

Tallman also expressed gratitude for Festival Foods, which replaced two shuttered Gordy's stores in Eau Claire. Other shoppers agreed that losing Gordy's would result in a loss of convenience and accessibility to the community.

Back in November, Jeff Schafer, the president of Gordy's Market, said in a statement he was hopeful the judge will issue his approval. He said in part:
 

"We look forward to moving beyond this challenging chapter, returning to our core business and continuing to serve the Northwestern Wisconsin region that has been home to our family business for 51 years.”

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