Owner seeks buyer to continue Curvin’s

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – John Grimes believes Curvin’s News on Main Street in Medina can be a profitable business. He wants to retire and sell the business after operating it the past 19 years.

MEDINA – It looked like Curvin’s News was closing about a month ago, but owner John Grimes is giving the store more life – but not for long.

Grimes has owned and operated the business the past 19 years. He wants to retire and is looking for a buyer for the business.

“I’m old and out of ideas,” he said. “If someone has an idea they could make a decent amount of business. I think things could be done to make it more profitable.”

Grines is asking $50,000 “or reasonable offer” for Curvin’s, which has been a part of Medina for nearly a century.

Grimes thought he had a buyer for the business but that didn’t come to fruition. He is also trying to sell the next-door video store.

Grimes ran the businesses with his wife Barb. She died on Feb. 12, 2012 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Grimes said he has struggled to run the businesses without his wife.

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

Curvin’s has long been a popular gathering place for residents. Grimes is hopeful a buyer will step forward and there will be a new generation of Curvin’s for the community.

He welcomes prospective buyers to give him a call at 798-4745 or stop by the store at 540 Main St.