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The Pittsburgh Business Times has a story about how McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores, in business for more than seven decades, is shutting down its two stores.

According to the story, “Jennifer Daurora, a third generation member of the family ownership, said McGinnis Sisters has opted to begin an organized closing of the business, a response to changing shopping habits and intensifying competition … The two stores will gradually sell off their merchandise and close in the coming weeks, following the closure of a store in the Cranberry area last year.”

The story notes that McGinnis Sisters suffered at the hands of increased and better-capitalized competition, like Whole Foods Market, Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s, as well as services like Blue Apron.
KC's View:
I haven’t been in a McGinnis Sisters store is something like 30 years, but I can vividly remember going out to Pittsburgh as a young reporter to learn and write about all the things the company was doing in the prepared foods arena - way ahead of the times. An I can remember one of the sisters - I can’t for the life of me remember which one - telling me about how they were positioning their stores to meet the needs of working moms.

One of the ways they did that, she said, was hiring moms to work in their kitchens. McGinnis Sisters was less interested in hiring chefs, she said, than it was in hiring women who knew how to make meals in big pots for big families. I suppose every business reaches an expiration date, but I remember that conversation - and the key insight it reflected - vividly. I’m sorry to see them go.