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Say Good-Bye to a Plain City Icon.

Lovejoys Market

For Charlie Lovejoy, the grocery business makes up the fiber of who he is. In fact, the grocery business seems to be woven into his genetic material; material he inherited from his parents and grandparents who also harbored a love for the family owned grocery store.

Charlie’s grandparents, Louise and Paul Lovejoy, moved from Portsmouth, Ohio to Plain City in 1947. They opened the first Lovejoy’s family grocery in 1950. That store, located at the corner of 161 and 42 in the space recently occupied by Domino’s Pizza, supplied food and products to the Plain City community from that corner lot until the family relocated the business downtown.

During those early years, a ten-year-old Bud Lovejoy, Charlie’s father, began working in the store with his parents. Bud remained their right hand man doing anything he could to help the family business until their retirement in 1970. At that time, Bud officially took over as owner and manager of the grocery store.

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In 1985, an electrical fire destroyed the grocery store. Undaunted by the disaster, the family reopened the business in June on West Main Street at the present day location of Yoder’s Hardware. The empty lot downtown was later turned into Lovejoy Plaza, hosting a number of businesses.

Fire similarly devastated the family business again in 2001. While building a new 21,000 square foot store, a fire in the old store on West Main Street left the Lovejoy family again without a working grocery. With the new store not yet completed and the old store unusable, the family scrambled to finish construction and resume business in the Plain City community.

Although the grocery store has moved four times in just over fifty years, the lesson learned from these relocations is that the business just changed streets, never zip codes. The Lovejoy family never left the community. Lovejoy’s grocery store has been a part of Plain City for almost seven decades.

The newest store at 900 Village Boulevard opened on September 18, 2001.

2001 was a year of new beginnings as well as heart breaking endings. Not only was the grocery store temporarily lost but, in March of that year, the patriarch of the Lovejoy family, Bud, passed away.

Now sixteen years later from the date the new store opened, more heartbreak has arrived for the Lovejoy family.

Lovejoy’s Market will be closing.

Charlie and the Lovejoy family have always made the Plain City community an integral part of their lives, supporting numerous organizations, clubs, churches, and school activities through their roles as leaders in the grocery business.

They need your support now.

Stop in today and buy something to help Charlie clear off the shelves and finish paying his employees and vendors. Even if you only buy one thing, make this ending a tiny bit easier for Charlie.

After 67 years, a Plain City icon is leaving us. Please help Charlie close the doors of Lovejoy’s Market knowing that the village supported his final efforts.

CJ and Charlie

Charlie and C.J. Lovejoy

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Charlie with his dad, Bud Lovejoy.

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The photo above is where the Super Duper used to stand on West Main Street (now Lovejoy Plaza) before the fire that destroyed the building and caused them to relocate to the current location of Yoder’s Hardware.

The partial newspaper article below, from The Plain City Advocate, was written in September of 2001 when the new store opened at 900 Village Boulevard.

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Small Business Saturday is November 25.


After Black Friday and the mad rush to start the holiday shopping season, small businesses ask you to take a deep breath and shop small and locally on Saturday, November 25, Small Business Saturday

Shopping locally helps your community in a number of ways:

  • Improves your family’s health by eating locally grown produce and food from farmers you know.
  • Helps the local economy by keeping money within the community.
  • Protects the environment because you’re not wasting fuel and resources traveling long distances to shop.
  • Allows you to know the people behind the products you buy.
  • Keeps your community unique with interesting stores found nowhere else.
  • Supports business owners who also live in your community, are your neighbors, send their kids to the local schools, go to church at your church, pay taxes that benefit your police department and firefighters, support the local PTA and animal shelter, and also shop at other local businesses.

Here is a really cool infographic that shows the benefits of shopping within your own community. Click HERE to take a look.

We hope that you will stop in the pharmacy on Saturday from 9 am until noon and take a moment to shop within our store. We appreciate your loyalty and business so much and your continued support allows us to remain in the Plain City community.

Where you shop matters.


Shop locally


Sending Thanks and Blessings to All Who Have Served This Veterans Day.


We want to wish everyone who has served or is currently serving our country a very blessed Veterans Day.

Thank you for all that you have done to protect us and this country we love.

You are in our thoughts and prayers as we remember all current and former military on this special day.

To celebrate Veterans Day, which actually falls this year on Saturday, November 11, there will be a Memorial Service at 11 am at the Civil War Monument at Industrial Parkway and U. S. Highway 42 (10050 Industrial Parkway) in Jerome Township. Please stop and honor all those who have given us our freedom. Abraham Lincoln will deliver a message.

For more information, visit the Jerome Township Civil War Memorial Facebook site HERE.

There will also be a Plain City Veterans Day Celebration sponsored by the American Legion Post 248, VFW, and Darby Post 3268 from 10:30-11:30 am on Friday, November 10 at the Plain City Elementary School, 580 South Chillicothe Street. Music will be presented by the Jonathan Alder Band.

The photo is of our dad, Bob Timmons, when he was in the Navy in the late 1960’s. We want to thank him and all our veterans for their service.


National Prescription “Take-Back” Day is Saturday, October 28.


The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, October 28 from 10 am to 2 pm. During this yearly event, you can turn in old or no longer used medicines for proper disposal. We know that many of you may have medications that have expired or that you don’t take any more and this is a perfect way to make sure they are destroyed so that no one gets hurt.

To find out more about the Take-Back Day, visit the web site HERE.

To find a disposal location near you, go HERE and put in your zip code or county and city.

In Union County, you can turn in unused and expired medications at these sites:

Union County Sheriff’s Office

221 West 5th Street, Marysville, OH 43040 (Please enter the sally port from the south off of 6th St. Signs will be posted).

Pleasant Valley Fire Department

650 West Main Street, Plain City, OH 43064 (Please enter the rear of the bays).

Richwood Police Department

153 North Franklin Street, Richwood, OH 43344 (Please enter the sally port entrance)

James A. Willis, Author and Paranormal Researcher will Speak at The Plain City Public Library on Monday, October 23 at 7 pm.


James A. Willis, author and paranormal researcher, will be speaking at The Plain City Public Library, 305 West Main Street,  on Monday, October 23 at 7 pm about his many years investigating haunted sites.

Mr. Willis will also have copies of his newest book, Central Ohio Legends & Lore, available to purchase.

To find out more, visit the Library’s event page HERE.