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Shrader's General Store closes up shop in Berlin Center

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Richard Shrader's grandfather opened Shrader's General Store in 1914 at the corner of what is now state Routes 224 and 534 in Berlin Center.

His father passed it down to him 37 years ago, but now Richard said it's time to retire. His two daughters are nurses and there is no one left to take it over.

He had loyal customers over the years, people who just wanted to stop by for a sandwich or a cold drink.

"A lot of people would come in and say, 'This is like a store in Canada or Mississippi', but it was right here in Berlin Center," said Shrader.

It was the kind of place that still used price tags instead of bar codes.

"I always thought my prices were reasonable, but I don't have the buying power of Walmart," said Shrader.

It was the original convenience store. Shrader's once sold gasoline, so you could get a fill up and a gallon of milk. But, things change and people's needs change, too.

"If I still had a good business and it was going like crazy, I'd hang in there longer, but competition is tough," said Shrader.

You are bound to find some interesting things when you clean out a 100 year old store. Richard found this full box of Wheaties from 1967, when he was moving a shelf. It still has the price on it, 33 cents.

You don't see stores like Shrader's much anymore and now you'll see even fewer of them.

The entire property and all its contents will go up for auction on August 14th.

 

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