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Wilson’s in Kenwick is closed for now, changing hands but not names

Wilson’s at 1010 Cramer was built in 1928 as a neighborhood grocery. It built a reputation in the last few decades for soup and sandwich lunch specials daily and for custom turkeys and hams prepared for the holidays. The store was open every day until recently.
Wilson’s at 1010 Cramer was built in 1928 as a neighborhood grocery. It built a reputation in the last few decades for soup and sandwich lunch specials daily and for custom turkeys and hams prepared for the holidays. The store was open every day until recently. Herald-Leader

Wilson’s Grocery and Meat, the neighborhood market on Cramer Avenue known for daily sandwich and soup specials, has been sold.

The buyers apparently are locals, including filmmaker A.J. Hochhalter and his brother-in-law Corey Maple, who are also co-owners of The Livery on Main.

According to property transfer records, the building at 1010 Cramer Avenue was sold by Roger D. and Jennifer H. Wilson last month for $295,000 to Willis Conine LLC. The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office lists Maple as the organizer of Willis Conine.

Changes to the Kenwick institution had been rumored for months, as stock on the shelved dwindled. Roger and Jennifer Wilson had owned the store and lived the apartment above it for almost 25 years.

Posts on Facebook on the Kenwick Neighborhood Association indicated that the store and its previous owners will be missed. Many had relied on the store for last-minute bread, milk and beer runs, as well as corned beef and ham orders for the holidays and homemade jam cake for special occasions.

“Thank You Wilson’s for being a part of Kenwick for 25 years!” posted Cindy Giles, who owns Cramer Cottage, a store across the road, on Jan. 25.

Hochhalter confirmed in an email that he and Maple are involved in the new venture, which apparently will still be called Wilson’s.

A sign on the front window says “Don’t worry Kenwick, Wilson’s will be back.”

It’s unclear when or what as yet; Maple did not immediately return calls for comment.

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