Changes is a sure thing

The surest thing in the world is change as is evidenced by the sale of Vogt?s Hometown Market to Heartland Foods. The Vogt family has been in the grocery business for four generations during the past 89 years.

According to the book, ?Hillsboro: City on the Prairie,? Todd Vogt?s great-grandfather, Frank D. Vogt, started the business in 1925 with his five sons. They specialized in purchasing and selling sweet cream. New refrigeration equipment made it possible for them to quickly cool the cream after it was delivered to them by area farmers.

In 1932, Vogt?s Cash Grocery opened featuring a complete stock of groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Later, the Vogt brothers were also in the egg business at their east Grand location where Hillsboro Dental is now located. I believe area farmers could bring in their eggs and trade for groceries.

The Vogts then ran trucks to other egg merchants with fresh eggs, which they had already done with driving refrigerated trucks to fruit-growing regions such as Texas and Michigan to purchase fresh fruit.

The Vogts were pioneers again when they broke ground for their new store in 2003, nearly nine years to the day, in the Hillsboro Heights addition, in frigid temperatures much like Monday of this week, except there was also snow on the ground. They were the first to build in Hillsboro Heights and look what is out there now.

There will still be a Vogt running the new store for the new owners, when Todd Vogt becomes the manager.


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If you are thinking about starting a retail business, you might want to check out this blog by Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor, about 41 things no one told you about starting a retail business:

Here are the first five:

1. You will be solicited for donations before you make your first sale.

2. People in your town will assume you are rich because you have your own business.

3. Some days you will donate more to charities in your community than you will sell that day.

4. As soon as you figure out what your customer wants, they will want something totally different.

5. Every lunch will be eaten standing up, and only one bite of a hot meal will ever be eaten hot.

I?m not trying to scare anyone. Just want you to know what might be ahead.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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