Lofino’s Marketplace owner Michael Lofino said Monday morning there was no truth to rumors that the store is closing or has been sold to a national chain.
“We’re not closing the store, and it’s still going to be a grocery store,” Lofino said.
Social media in recent weeks has suggested various fates for the grocery store at 3255 Seajay Drive in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center. A post on the Facebook page titled “Growing Up in Beavercreek, Ohio” wondering what was going on with the store because of an ongoing renovation project attracted dozens of responses, with some comments claiming the store was shutting down, or being sold to a national chain, or dropping its groceries but remaining open as a pharmacy and liquor store.
The resident who posted the inquiry about Lofino’s and its renovation project later deleted it after it attracted such an intense response, and explained on the social media site, “I did not post it to be mean. I was concerned about Lofino’s. Anyways I would think that Lofino’s would have more business if people thought it was closing. So sorry that I caused a problem. Just wanted to know the truth. The store was a big part of my childhood.”
Michael Lofino declined to provide details of the renovation project, but said the store is looking to increase its appeal to younger families. He said he is not sure whether the store will retain its current name, but said he will still own it.
The grocery industry has become more intensely competitive in Beavercreek and across the country. Kroger built a new, larger “marketplace” store in Beavercreek that opened in 2010. National chains such as Target have recently added space for groceries to try to become “one-stop shopping” destinations. And last month, two more national chains, Whole Foods and Costco, revealed plans to enter the Dayton-area market.