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Moo & Oink to hit the chopping block

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that  potential buyers may step up  8/29/2011.

Growing up in the 80s, I knew it was summertime on the South side of Chicago when a couple of things happened: a certain blue ice cream truck started appearing in my neighborhood, watching car clubs on their way to the Dan Ryan Forest Preserve, and the Moo & Oink commercials telling everyone to come get their barbecue supplies. Earlier this month reports surfaced that Moo & Oink was seeking a buyer.

Let’s pause in prayer for this long time Chicago grocery store and meat wholesaler who gave us the best jingle, next to Empire Carpet. (See more commercials here on MooTV.)

The 30-year-old company will be going to the auction black on Aug. 29, according to the Austin Weekly News. The company operates three Chicago locations and one in Hazel Crest, Ill. There are a few proposals for Moo & Oink to be spared from slaughter, according to the Austin Weekly.

There’s two ways the auction can play out, according to David King, president of David King Real Estate of Oak Park. Moo & Oink can be bought by individuals interested in continuing operating it as a grocery store, or the chain can be auctioned off to bidders who believe selling off inventory, including countertops, food, meat processing equipment and freezers are worth more separately than operating it as a store. 

Photo:"Charlotte's Web"

Moo & Oink needs their own Charlotte to save the day. The potential loss of these stores in the communities they serve reduces healthy produce for and employment opportunities for residents where unemployment is reported to be 16 percent for African-Americans. Hopefully, Moo & Oink can be spared like Wilber.


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