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Thornton's Market owners to retire

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HERRIN -- After more than 50 years, the owners of a popular store plan to retire, leaving the future of the business unknown.

Thornton's Market has been in Johnie Thornton's family since 1961, and he's been the owner now for 35 years.

"I was running the cash register at 10 years old," he said. "That's been a bunch of years."

But soon, he and his wife Marty are going to retire from the business that Thornton calls his life.

"Next thing for me will be a short vacation," he said.

They haven't set an exact date to leave the store behind, but Thornton says he's ready for the next chapter of his life.

"It will be soon, and I'm not going to say it will be painless because the pain will be there."

Thornton says that pain will come from the loss of the daily interactions he has with loyal customers.

"The thing most that I'm going to miss is the people," he said. "I like taking care of the individuals one-on-one."

The Thornton's retirement doesn't mean the market is gone for good.

They're currently in talks with a potential buyer, hoping to keep the market open for years to come.

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