Toulon group ponders grocery future

By Jim Nowlan

TOULON – Twenty members of a Toulon investor group met this past week to review options for the grocery store building it owns, which was recently shuttered when proprietor Chad Patel closed Toulon SuperValu.

Stark County Ventures, a limited liability for-profit group, decided unanimously to pursue two courses of action simultaneously – sale or lease of the building as well as meetings with interested parties about the feasibility of re-opening the store.

John Leezer and Bob Mueller are the longtime informal leaders of the advisory (executive) committee for Stark County Ventures.

Leezer and Mueller appointed a subcommittee of Mueller, Judy Taylor, Fulvio Zerla and Jim Nowlan to pursue both courses of action aggressively.

The subcommittee is to report to the advisory committee in 60 days with recommendations.

Stark County Ventures was created in 2006 to boost economic activity in the county. The group’s first and only venture thus far has been to work to keep a grocery store operating in Toulon.

Fifty-seven investors own one or more shares in Stark County Ventures, at $500 per share. The group continues to solicit additional share purchases from persons who want to promote the well-being of Stark County.

If you are interested in investing, contact Bob Mueller at (309) 286-7313.

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