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Pigeon Family Market to close after 40 years in business

Pigeon Family Market to close after 40 years in business

PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — After operating for 40 years, the Pigeon Family Market announced it will be closing at the end of the month.

The market announced its closure in a Facebook post on Oct. 1, which extended thanks to all the customers, vendors, employees and other people that have become family to them over the years.

Shirley Ashmore, the general manager for the market, told the Huron Daily Tribune that ever since the Meijer in Bad Axe opened, their sales have gone down.

“We think that during the winter, it is going to get worse,” Ashmore said.

The closure leaves the village of Pigeon without a grocery store to call its own, with residents having to travel outside of town to do their shopping.


Dennis Hug, the store owner who lives in the Harbor Springs-Petoskey area of Northern Michigan, has owned the store for about four years after buying it from the Schuette family. He also owns the Caseville Family Market, with both known as IGAs before taking their current names.

Hug said a lot of money was invested into improving the store when he purchased it, but the residents of Pigeon did not respond the way he hoped after cleaning and fixing the place up.

“When you invest money, you expect a return,” Hunt said. “After operating the store for so many years, we were not able to take one penny of revenue out of it, we just kept putting money into it.”

Oddly enough, Hug said the coronavirus pandemic was good for the grocery business, since people were eating their food at home instead of going out to restaurants, but they did see an immediate decline once Meijer opened.

“Every store has a basic level of service needed for customers, and you need people working there for

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Pigeon Family Market to Close After 40 Years in Business | Michigan News

Pigeon Family Market to Close After 40 Years in Business | Michigan News

By ROBERT CREENAN, Huron Daily Tribune

PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — After operating for 40 years, the Pigeon Family Market announced it will be closing at the end of the month.

The market announced its closure in a Facebook post on Oct. 1, which extended thanks to all the customers, vendors, employees and other people that have become family to them over the years.

Shirley Ashmore, the general manager for the market, told the Huron Daily Tribune that ever since the Meijer in Bad Axe opened, their sales have gone down.

“We think that during the winter, it is going to get worse,” Ashmore said.

The closure leaves the village of Pigeon without a grocery store to call its own, with residents having to travel outside of town to do their shopping.

Dennis Hug, the store owner who lives in the Harbor Springs-Petoskey area of Northern Michigan, has owned the store for about four years after buying it from the Schuette family. He also owns the Caseville Family Market, with both known as IGAs before taking their current names.

Hug said a lot of money was invested into improving the store when he purchased it, but the residents of Pigeon did not respond the way he hoped after cleaning and fixing the place up.

“When you invest money, you expect a return,” Hunt said. “After operating the store for so many years, we were not able to take one penny of revenue out of it, we just kept putting money into it.”

Oddly enough, Hug said the coronavirus pandemic was good for the grocery business, since people were eating their food at home instead of going out to restaurants, but they did see an immediate decline once Meijer opened.

“Every store has a basic level of service needed for customers, and

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Eric Trump answers questions from NY investigators in examination of family business

Eric Trump answers questions from NY investigators in examination of family business

New York — President Trump’s son Eric answered questions Monday from New York state investigators looking into his family’s business practices. The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James confirmed that the video deposition took place as scheduled, though no further information was provided as to how long it lasted or what kinds of questions were posed.

Messages seeking comment were left with attorneys for Eric Trump.

The deposition came as Trump’s father and stepmother battle the coronavirus.

James is seeking information in a probe of whether the Trump Organization lied about the worth of its assets to secure loans or tax benefits.

A judge had given Eric Trump until Wednesday to comply with a subpoena for his testimony in the investigation after rejecting an effort to delay it until after the November 3 presidential election.

James, a Democrat, had sought a judicial order to enforce the subpoena after Eric Trump’s attorneys abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators.

The attorney general’s probe is civil rather than criminal in nature. So far, no claims that any law was broken have been made.

The president has accused James and New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of “harassing all of my New York businesses in search of anything at all they can find to make me look as bad as possible.”

James began investigating potential fraud in Mr. Trump’s business dealings in March 2019 after the president’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that Mr. Trump had repeatedly inflated the value of his assets to obtain more favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage.

After Mr. Trump was elected president in November 2016, he announced that he would not be involved in day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization but would leave the responsibilities to his adult sons, Eric and Donald

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US family health insurance premiums surpass $21,000 before the pandemic

US family health insurance premiums surpass $21,000 before the pandemic

The average premium for family coverage in employer health plans is up about 4% this year to more than $21,000 — and employers are picking up more of the tab.



A man gets a flu shot at a health facility in Washington, D.C Jan. 31, 2020.


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A man gets a flu shot at a health facility in Washington, D.C Jan. 31, 2020.

Workers on average aren’t being asked to pay more in premiums for family coverage and those with individual coverage through their work aren’t seeing increases in deductibles, according survey results Thursday from the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation.

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The findings speak to the stability of health benefits in the pre-pandemic economy when employers were competing for talent in a tight labor market, said Matthew Rae, an associate director at the foundation, which has surveyed employers on health plan costs for 22 years. Obviously, the current labor market is vastly different, Rae noted, with last month’s unemployment rate roughly twice the comparable figure last year.

“The premiums and health plans that we were asking about were plans that employers were setting a year ago when we had historically low unemployment,” Rae said.

“I would expect that not that many employers are going to make huge changes in the generosity of their plans over the next couple of months,” he said. “But the economic situation is really hard to put your finger on. It could be that employers will have to think about the generosity of their plans if they are really facing a lot of other costs.”

The Kaiser Family Foundation survey tacks trends in the market for employer-sponsored health plans, which provide coverage for more than 150 million Americans. Employer coverage is the largest single source of insurance in the U.S., with more enrollees than the federal Medicare program.

When Kaiser first surveyed employers on premium costs

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U.S. family health insurance premiums surpass $21,000

U.S. family health insurance premiums surpass $21,000

The average premium for family coverage in employer health plans is up about 4% this year to more than $21,000 — and employers are picking up more of the tab.

Workers on average aren’t being asked to pay more in premiums for family coverage and those with individual coverage through their work aren’t seeing increases in deductibles, according survey results Thursday from the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation.

The findings speak to the stability of health benefits in the pre-pandemic economy when employers were competing for talent in a tight labor market, said Matthew Rae, an associate director at the foundation, which has surveyed employers on health plan costs for 22 years. Obviously, the current labor market is vastly different, Rae noted, with last month’s unemployment rate roughly twice the comparable figure last year.

“The premiums and health plans that we were asking about were plans that employers were setting a year ago when we had historically low unemployment,” Rae said.

“I would expect that not that many employers are going to make huge changes in the generosity of their plans over the next couple of months,” he said. “But the economic situation is really hard to put your finger on. It could be that employers will have to think about the generosity of their plans if they are really facing a lot of other costs.”

The Kaiser Family Foundation survey tacks trends in the market for employer-sponsored health plans, which provide coverage for more than 150 million Americans. Employer coverage is the largest single source of insurance in the U.S., with more enrollees than the federal Medicare program.

When Kaiser first surveyed employers on premium costs in 1999, the average premium for family coverage was $5,791 — a fraction of this year’s average cost of $21,342. Just since 2010, family

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