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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New owners take over at Fort Thomas Convenient Mart


Fort Thomas Convenient Mart has new ownership.

Brothers, Mike and Steve Grote, sold their business to De Khouri and Jordan Khoury. The deal closed for the new owners yesterday and inventory and ordering were taking place this morning.

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The Grotes bought the business in June of 2016 from Amy Lloyd, who owned the store for a little less than a year.

The Grotes re-opened up the deli, brought fresh produce into the inventory and made the footprint of the store smaller to keep the rent economical, with the help of building ownership.

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Steve Grote said that he didn't wish to sell the business, but personal circumstances prevented him from being able to spend more time in the store.

"Life got in the way, so-to-speak," said Grote. "I truly had so much fun interacting with customers and I'm really going to miss it, but I am a little worn out."

Grote said the store is doing well and that he had been approached four times, unsolicited, about others wanting to buy the store.

"We never did want to sell, but when these two came along we were able to be selective. They have a history of runnings successful businesses related to this type of thing and they are committed to serving the community in the same manner that we always did," he said.

"This is the right duo for the future of the store."

There are plans to build out the the divided space next to Convenient and open a liquor and wine store. When the Grotes purchased their location and made the footprint smaller, The Colonel's Creamery had plans to fill that space, but that never came to fruition and it has sat empty since.

RELATED: The Colonel's Creamery exploring Fort Thomas as new retail option 

"The new owners are committed to doing the expansion that we always planned on," he said.


De and Jordan said that they want to keep the momentum going that made Convenient successful: the deli, keeping inventory fresh and having a community focus.

They are also adding a point-of-sale system that will help products stay fresh and in stock.


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