Former Huntingburg grocery store to house multiple businesses

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press

Renovations are underway in a Huntingburg building that has held two grocery stores in recent years.

Originally a Holiday Foods, the business on 19th Street closed and reopened as a Wesselman’s Supermarket in 2009. Citing the economy and a failed attempt to reopen the St. Joseph’s Hospital, the store closed in late 2011. Then, Bowling Green based Houchens Industries, which operates the IGA just down the street, purchased the location.

It has remained empty since.

Recently, work began on renovating the building. According to Huntingburg Planning Director Paul Lake, Houchens has plans to turn the building into a multitenant site able to house three businesses.

Current plans include moving Sheldon’s Pharmacy from the IGA at 312 E. 12th Street into one of the three spaces being created. Lake said he thought a hardware store was slated for another of the spaces and he was unaware if a tenant was assigned to the third.

Sewell and Sewell Architects of Bowling Green, the firm contracted to design the renovations, confirmed that two Houchens properties will move into the space.

Houchens operates Sheldon’s Pharmacy outlets in Indiana and Kentucky as well as Ace Hardware stores in Darmstardt and Washington.

Houchens did not return a call in time for this release.