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Young owner takes on Short List

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES Casey Thomas is the owner of Short List Grocery and Carryout, located six miles out State Route 93.

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES
Casey Thomas is the owner of Short List Grocery and Carryout, located six miles out State Route 93.

Most people in their mid 20s are either finishing up a degree or just graduating from college, and beginning the search for employment.

Casey Thomas, a 24-year-old, lifelong Ironton resident is taking a slightly different approach from his generational peers. Thomas is a small business owner, operating the Short List Grocery store on state route 93, since he purchased it back in November.

“I bought the store on Nov. 11,” Thomas said. “I just always wanted to be a business owner. So when this opportunity came up, I just jumped on it.”

Thomas’ first order of business was to update and renovate the carryout-style store.

“The store just needed to be brought up to date a little bit,” Thomas said. “Done some things to give the store a more spacious, open vibe. Reorganized our cooler systems and now we have the coldest beverages in Lawrence County.”

Thomas says that the renovations have had a successful impact as the store’s sales have climbed.

“Sales have increased,” Thomas said. “Business is going good and we have lots of customers comment on how good the store looks.”

Customer interaction is an important aspect of operating any business, and Thomas says it’s one of the surprise joys of his job as owner.

“I love the interactions with the customers,” Thomas said. “To be able to deal with them personally, have conversations. Just help them with whatever I can in the store. That’s something I really enjoy.”

Short List Grocery is open daily, and Thomas encourages those who haven’t visited the store recently to come check out its new look.

“Come on out and see the work that’s been done,” Thomas said. “Always have a great monthly special, and like I said the coldest beverages in the county. So come check us out.”