Lithopolis says goodbye to longtime grocery | The Columbus Dispatch

As each shelf slowly empties of groceries, a bit of Lloyd Bay's heart empties as well. Full Story
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Jerry W

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 29, 2011
Sad time indeed. Mr. Bay is a good man. But between the big chains like Meijer, Kroger, and Puke-Mart....then throw in the Lithopolis cops harrassing people constantly....hard to run a small grocery store and keep the bills paid.

To my love Monica: you too will be deeply missed.
Retired Deputy

Chillicothe, OH

#2 Jul 29, 2011
With a Walmart at nearby Canal Winchester and a Kroger it's hard for a samll grocer to stay afloat. Sad for seniors nera and those that can't get to a further store. Small town america has been killed by the giants of the retail world.
hamburger pimp

Circleville, OH

#3 Jul 29, 2011
A store that cut its meat that day, sold local produce, and baked its own pastries would go over great in some trendy neighborhood like Grandview or Clintonville- look at Huffman's and Weiland's. They'd just have to lose the downmarket IGA logo and rebrand themselves as "green" and "localvore" and "sustainable" and sell a lot of overpriced relishes and chichi hot sauces. Too bad the foodie hipsters didn't move to Lithopolis soon enough.
ron

Dublin, OH

#4 Jul 29, 2011
It's too bad Bay's has always posted signs on their property promoting higher taxes for the Bloom-Carroll schools. That's why I stopped shopping there.
Wowza

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 29, 2011
hamburger pimp wrote:
A store that cut its meat that day, sold local produce, and baked its own pastries would go over great in some trendy neighborhood like Grandview or Clintonville- look at Huffman's and Weiland's. They'd just have to lose the downmarket IGA logo and rebrand themselves as "green" and "localvore" and "sustainable" and sell a lot of overpriced relishes and chichi hot sauces. Too bad the foodie hipsters didn't move to Lithopolis soon enough.
Yeah, but even Weiland's and Huffman's are struggling. I shop at both and it's the same thing. People only by a few necessities but don't buy a weeks worth a groceries. It would be crazy expensive. The only thing that helps the two of them stay afloat are their liquor sales. I know someone with a relationship to Weiland's and I've heard that they are in the red. It's a very sad that corporate America has ruined what America stands for.
KDawg

Westerville, OH

#6 Jul 29, 2011
The biggest issue Bay's had is that it is located directly in the middle of central Ohio's largest speed trap. If you don't live in Lithopolis then you don't drive through Lithopolis unless you want a $100+ ticket.

The Lancaster Eagle Gazette printed an article a few years ago that listed the number of citations issued by the by each of the local police forces in Fairfield County. Lithopolis is no bigger than a second, yet there it was at the top of the list - rivaling cities the size of Lancaster with the number of tickets issued. The place is a joke. That's why I wouldn't go to Bays. I would have loved to support a local over a chain otherwise.
local shopper

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 29, 2011
Guily as charged! I shopped there for a long time before Krogers and Meijers. Not Yuk Walmart!I wish it would go out of business. It's just more convenient for me to stop at Meijers. Bays is a farther drive. I'm sorry to see Bays close.
Cygnus

New York, NY

#8 Jul 29, 2011
Dam* shame. Thank Wally World. LOL @ Topix for censoring *that* word in its correct spelling.
Patrick

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 29, 2011
I grew up with my family shopping at Bay's IGA all my childhood life. I even worked at Bay's in the late '80s and met my wife there. I know to this day, Lloyd will know who I am just by this much information. To Lloyd I say, God bless you and your family for the services you have brought to the community over the years. Thank you for the memories and good luck on your future endeavors.
Heidelberger

Columbus, OH

#10 Jul 29, 2011
KDawg wrote:
The biggest issue Bay's had is that it is located directly in the middle of central Ohio's largest speed trap. If you don't live in Lithopolis then you don't drive through Lithopolis unless you want a $100+ ticket.
The Lancaster Eagle Gazette printed an article a few years ago that listed the number of citations issued by the by each of the local police forces in Fairfield County. Lithopolis is no bigger than a second, yet there it was at the top of the list - rivaling cities the size of Lancaster with the number of tickets issued. The place is a joke. That's why I wouldn't go to Bays. I would have loved to support a local over a chain otherwise.
Another speed trap "vector" or used to be are the communities of Johnstown, Alexandria, and Granville.
Jerry W

Columbus, OH

#11 Jul 29, 2011
KDawg wrote:
The biggest issue Bay's had is that it is located directly in the middle of central Ohio's largest speed trap. If you don't live in Lithopolis then you don't drive through Lithopolis unless you want a $100+ ticket.
The Lancaster Eagle Gazette printed an article a few years ago that listed the number of citations issued by the by each of the local police forces in Fairfield County. Lithopolis is no bigger than a second, yet there it was at the top of the list - rivaling cities the size of Lancaster with the number of tickets issued. The place is a joke. That's why I wouldn't go to Bays. I would have loved to support a local over a chain otherwise.
You are EXACTLY right. 35 in a 25 actually starts at about $140. I heard some of the cops from New Rome came to Lithopolis. The Mayor and its cops are a joke, and I know, although I follow the law, my family avoids going through that town for the most part because you feel like behind every tree in a one light town, a cop is trying to get you for something and that could NOT have helped Mr. Bay or any other business in what would be a very nice little town.
Heather

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 29, 2011
I've also know the Bays for several years - most of my life. Lloyd is a wonderful man, the Bays are a wonderful family.
country soul

Dublin, OH

#13 Jul 29, 2011
I'm so pleased that this story has elicited comments about the speed trap in Lithopolis. Because there is one there for sure. The mayor denies it but he would, wouldn't he. The cops there like to stop people who aren't speeding and then harass them or so I've been told by the victims. Take heed all the rest of you Lithopolis merchants. Some of us have vowed to avoid the town as long as it remains a speed trap.
Anonymous

Utica, OH

#14 Jul 29, 2011
Jerry W wrote:
Sad time indeed. Mr. Bay is a good man. But between the big chains like Meijer, Kroger, and Puke-Mart....then throw in the Lithopolis cops harrassing people constantly....hard to run a small grocery store and keep the bills paid.
To my love Monica: you too will be deeply missed.
Exactly I used to work at an IGA here in Buckeye Lake and it was around for 40 years until Kroger came in and killed business. Its almost impossible for mom and pop stores to even exist anymore with major companies throwing their weight around. I mean come on this country was built on mom and pop stores sad to see them wasting away
Dead Squirrels Walking

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 29, 2011
I've shopped at Bay's most of my life. The deli food was so good and the meat fresh.

It is a sad day to see Bay's close down.
resident

Columbus, OH

#17 Jul 29, 2011
As a resident of the village, I will miss walking to Bays when we get snowed in and our cars just can’t get out. It’s very sad to read the comments about the speed traps but it is very true. The size of the police department and cruising police has doubled and they harass everyone. When we first moved to the Village,“EVERY” family member and family friend was either stopped for a traffic stop for driving 1 mile over the limit and given a friendly warning or they were stopped just for nothing. The Mayors court has proven to be a joke and you don't get to speak or state your case. Your ony found guilty... VERY frustrating and sad that the Mayor never responded to a letter that was sent to him informing him that we were being harassed. I do hear folks say that they avoid this area because of the police.
BAYS will be missed very much and I hope that the building gets bought and reopened by a new business so the Village does not look abandoned.
Dead Squirrels Walking

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 29, 2011
On week-days I drive through Lithopolis twice, and when my husband was alive, he did, too. We are talking over twenty years, each. Neither ever got a speeding ticket. Yes, it's a speed trap, but you only get caught if you SPEED!
KDawg wrote:
The biggest issue Bay's had is that it is located directly in the middle of central Ohio's largest speed trap. If you don't live in Lithopolis then you don't drive through Lithopolis unless you want a $100+ ticket.
The Lancaster Eagle Gazette printed an article a few years ago that listed the number of citations issued by the by each of the local police forces in Fairfield County. Lithopolis is no bigger than a second, yet there it was at the top of the list - rivaling cities the size of Lancaster with the number of tickets issued. The place is a joke. That's why I wouldn't go to Bays. I would have loved to support a local over a chain otherwise.
hamburger pimp

Circleville, OH

#19 Jul 29, 2011
Wowza wrote:
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Yeah, but even Weiland's and Huffman's are struggling. I shop at both and it's the same thing. People only by a few necessities but don't buy a weeks worth a groceries. It would be crazy expensive. The only thing that helps the two of them stay afloat are their liquor sales. I know someone with a relationship to Weiland's and I've heard that they are in the red. It's a very sad that corporate America has ruined what America stands for.
That's pretty funny, since the only time I ever go to either one is to buy liquor. Now that I'm not drinking I don't even do that. Maybe if I made as much money as the upper middle class liberal creeps who patronize both places, I wouldn't have to resort to corporate grocery stores for my staples either.
jasmine

Dublin, OH

#20 Jul 29, 2011
Dead Squirrels Walking wrote:
On week-days I drive through Lithopolis twice, and when my husband was alive, he did, too. We are talking over twenty years, each. Neither ever got a speeding ticket. Yes, it's a speed trap, but you only get caught if you SPEED!<quoted text>
Not true!!! Cops have been known to lie. Or haven't you been keeping up with the videos on the internet and the news in front of your face?
Jerry W

Columbus, OH

#21 Jul 29, 2011
resident wrote:
.... It’s very sad to read the comments about the speed traps but it is very true. The size of the police department and cruising police has doubled and they harass everyone. When we first moved to the Village,“EVERY” family member and family friend was either stopped for a traffic stop for driving 1 mile over the limit and given a friendly warning or they were stopped just for nothing. The Mayors court has proven to be a joke and you don't get to speak or state your case. Your ony found guilty.......
I drove thru there a couple weeks ago, was about 11 in the morning I recall....I passed the cop car and thought, oh, whats new, then I drive 100 feet down the street and there is another one sitting there. Really?? 11AM...

We got screwed when Mr. Roger's Neighborhood got annexed into the town via the water hookup. Now, instead of having a one light town to patrol, they have a bigger area further justifying their existence which means more traffic to scare aware from patronizing the Lithopolis businesses.

And now that Bays is gone, that lowers the town's tax base which guess what that means....even MORE tickets to come!

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