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Winking's celebrates 70 years in business

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A Tri-State grocer is now in its 70th year in business and customers keep coming back for more personal, friendly service.

This Spirit of the Tri-States report brought to you by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling takes you inside a business that now spans four generations.

Michael Galinas stops at Winking's every afternoon on his way to his second-shift job. He buys a sandwich and beverage to enjoy during his dinner break.

Galinas is one of countless customers who've kept Winking's in business for almost 70 years.

Frank Winking started working here after high school.

"It's been a part of my life my whole life," he explained. "It's in my blood. It's something I've always done and always loved it."

That passion is exactly what's kept this small-town grocer in business and able to compete with larger grocers.

That passion is exactly what's kept this small-town grocer in business and able to compete with larger grocers.

Frank says Quincy had more than a hundred grocery stores in 1950s.

That number has now dwindled to the single digits.

Frank attributes that to a loyal customer base and the fact that everyone who works there is family.

Jonathon Schmidt started working at Winking's when he was 13-years-old.

He's now 27 and has no regrets about helping keep his family's business open for the past 14 years.

"It makes me feel close to my family," he explained. "I really loved working here."

Most of customers said cheap prices are what keeps them going back to Winking's.

For example, customers can buy a fresh sandwich for less than $2.

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