Rife’s Market, after decades of supplying Grandview and Columbus with fresh produce and food, is set to officially close on Halloween. The store has seen customers come and go through the years as four generations within the family have taken over the business. Mary Kay Rife has been thinking of closing for about two years now, hoping to spend more time with her parents who now live in Florida. “As much as we have loved it and taken pride in it and enjoyed it, it’s just time to re-prioritize,” Rife said.
Previously September 30, 2014
Rife’s Market: The last hurrah
While Rife’s Market hasn’t given an official closing day yet, they have decided on their closing celebration. Slated to coincide with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon on Oct. 19, the market will hold a final party because the marathon goes through Grandview. “That’s not necessarily our final day, but we could all use a party,” owner Mary Kay said, according to the Dispatch. Many runners tend to stop at the market for food and drinks since the course changed to include Grandview.
September 18, 2014
The end of an era: Rife’s Market closing
For nearly a century, Rife’s Market has sat on the corner of 5th Avenue and Grandview, anchoring the neighborhood with fresh produce. The business has been kept within the family, but after four generations of running the market, the owners have decided to close shop. A specific date has yet to be set, but the staff has begun plans to sell what is in the store and figure out a date to shut the doors one last time after 78 years of business. The market was started by a true Ohio farmer who at one point scoured the state for the best produce to sell.