What Straub’s learned from an over-expansion, and how the 5th generation to run the grocer targets quality


Jack “Trip” Straub III said his family learned an important lesson more than a decade ago when it tried to expand its upscale grocery chain farther to the west.

In December 2008, Straub’s Fine Grocers opened a new store in Ellisville, its first since 1966 and larger than the others in the Central West End, Webster Groves, Clayton and Town and Country. A deep economic recession gripped the country, but there was another factor why the store closed in less than a year, said Straub, the company’s…

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