By Jessica Wettig
Vienna natives Chad and Chance Miles of Goreville are announcing the reopening of the IGA in Vienna.
The new business will be called Miles Brothers Foods. Chad said IGA will still be on the building.
They have been planning this since the store closed last June.
Chance said the two grew up in Vienna, and they wanted to keep the store locally owned.
The duo plans to sign the papers for ownership of the business next week.
Their main goal is to keep the small, hometown feel the grocery store has always had. Chad said the store will focus on meat, and on making sure the meat is fresh.
“We will know where it comes from,” Chance said.
The store will keep its other departments, as well.
Chad said they plan on starting fresh with employees.
The brothers own Miles Brothers Meats in West Frankfort. They’ve also owned several other locations over the years. Having grown up in the meat business, they have followed the footsteps of their father, Ernie Miles.
The brothers’ parents, Ernie and Janice, are from Vienna and currently live in outside of Goreville, and owned The Vienna Locker for several years. Chad’s wife, Libbie Miles, works in bookkeeping at SouthernTrust Bank. They have two children, Caleb, 22 and Andrew, 29.
Chance’s wife, Krista, works as an inspector at General Dynamics in Marion. They have two children, Emily, 21, and Austin, 24.
Chance said the Bank of Olmsted and SouthernTrust Bank had a large role in making this happen, and they are both very grateful to them.
Sam Eaves purchased the business that would become the IGA in 1993. It had changed names a few times over the years prior to Eaves purchasing it. He said the business has gone through several expansions, including the addition of the bakery, over the years.
Eaves said he is very excited about the Miles brothers taking over the business.
The town has learned how badly we need a grocery store over the last three months, he said.
“I hope they do well,” he said. “I know I’m going to support them.”
Eaves said he hopes the community supports the Miles brothers as well.
Eaves thanked the community for all the support he had as a business owner for 25 years. He said he moved the Vienna from Cairo, and had a great experience getting to know the community when he opened the business.
The brothers plan to reopen the IGA in mid to late September, but the date is not set in stone yet. They said they are still sorting through the details.