Outside of John’s Grocery in the village of Moravia there’s a pile of chopped firewood, an old Pepsi machine and a cooler for bags of ice. In the window of the more than 50-year-old store is an orange neon OPEN sign with the “E” flickering in the window.
Wednesday will be the last day it glows. Inside, 75-year-old Peggy Spaulding sits behind the counter at the cash register. Her grandson, Ross Spaulding, stands by her side. The back wall is lined with lottery tickets and cigarettes, and Peggy counts change for a customer before closing the register drawer shut.