Moo & Oink Stores In Danger Of Closing

CHICAGO (CBS) — Whether you enjoyed their food or just saw their distinctive commercials, most Chicagoans recognize the name “Moo & Oink.”

But as CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports, the grocery store chain might be forced to shut down.

It’s a store a lot of us grew up with and if you haven’t been there, you certainly have heard about it.

Moo & Oink has been an iconic part of the African-American community. The chance of losing the store is something many find difficult to accept.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

Their catchy commercials with the signature “Moo & Oink” jingle have been grabbing shoppers for years.

But now, Moo & Oink customers are questioning how long their favorite Chicago grocery store will last.

The Austin Weekly News reported Wednesday that the store chain is suffering financially and could get put up for sale soon.

A letter sent to the store’s creditors said that a trustee hopes to keep the stores running for some time, but that the plan is to liquidate assets as soon as possible.

To customers, it all points to their favorite meat store closing its doors.

For Eric Turner and Kathy Strickland, it was very upsetting news.

“Maybe like a ton of bricks falling on my head,” Turner said.

“I think they should leave it here, because like I said, it’s like one of the bigger grocery stores in the area,” Strickland said. “People are getting robbed by the little corner, the little side stores.”

The stores have been reportedly trying to sell out since 2010. They blame a lagging economy for sacking the store with some $3 million in losses since 2009.

Customers say they never would have known from the stacks of quality meat and produce you can still find on the shelves inside.

Versetta Young feeds her family from Moo & Oink every week.

“With the economy being like it is, we need stores like this at least to help build the community,” Young said.

Moo & Oink has four locations. So far, it’s estimated three of those would be included in any liquidation plan.

The future of the south suburban store is unclear. Calls to the trustee and corporate office were not returned.

  • renate

    the stealing has to be enormous cutting into the profits of the stores!

  • Bernie

    Its said that this store is closing. They have great variety of foods and really serve the community very well for over 30 years. Also, the announcer on WBBM 780 tonight her first name is Michelle was announcing at 10 pm news needs pronounce the name of the store correctly the store name is “MOO & OINK” not Moo & Ink. Michelle needs to pronounce name correctly, she is a bad journalist.

    • fitty sent

      Lordy. lordy where’s am I gonna get my chitlins now???????

  • shaka

    where is i gonna get my gummint cheese…nomsane!

  • Be Legal

    Wow! What’s next? Eagle insurance goes out of business.

    “Do you have insurance on this car?”

  • HooDatIS?

    i miss moo and oink i live in another state now
    i usta go there for my granny and get her porck chops,butts and steaks
    she wudd have a fit if that place closed down

  • Randy

    This doesn’t surprise me one bit that a grocery store is closing. There is so much competition with grocery now because that’s what all these stores are having. They are taking out less other regular merchandise, and inserting food into them, so you are going to see grocery stores close down. The public is very, very saturated with grocery stores. If you are thinking of opening one, don’t!

    You are better off in another market like a hobby shop instead – like HO Scale trains / radio controlled stuff, board games that are other than Hasbro, etc! A party store isn’t a bad idea either (as there aren’t many), but you have to have specialized stuff. Don’t just carry plain white napkins, and cups with Happy Birthday on them only. Have Disney Princesses, Transformers stuff, etc.

  • mar

    the place always had great food. don’t close it. us white people love too.

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