Medina mainstay will close later this week

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 September 2014 at 12:00 am

Curvin’s News has been presence for nearly a century

Photo by Tom Rivers – John Grimes is selling Curvin’s News for $50,000 “or reasonable offer,” according to a paper posted on the window of the building at 540 Main St.

MEDINA – A business that has been part of the Medina community for nearly a century is expected to close later this week.

John Grimes has owned and operated Curvin’s News since 1995 at 540 Main St. After it closes this week, Grimes and his two employees will shut down a next-door video store next week, said Elizabeth Boryszewski, Curvin’s manager.

Grimes is currently hospitalized. He nearly shut down the business two years ago after a former employee stole about $65,000 worth of lottery tickets.

Grimes also suffered the loss of his wife. Barb Grimes died on Feb. 12, 2012 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Grimes, a former village trustee, has found ways to keep the businesses going despite the challenges in recent years. However, Boryszewski said the store owner feels it’s the right time to close the business.

Boryszewski said Curvin’s is a popular gathering place for residents. They have expressed their sadness with the store’s imminent closing.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “It’s just home here. Everybody is so friendly.”

A note taped to the front window seeks $50,000 “or reasonable offer” for the business.

Grimes, in the posted note, welcomed a buyer for Curvin’s. The business is for sale “To anyone with the Talent and Experience to save the store,” according to the window display.