E.C. Porter IGA is celebrating its 100th year as a family-owned and operated business.

The 22,000-square-foot store, located in London, Ky., is run by Stuart House, whose great-grandparents opened the original store in 1914.

As reported in IGA’s daily newsletter, House said the company wanted to give away a trip in honor of its anniversary, “but the economy is still really depressed here, [with] coal mines shutting down and a factory just closed, so we knew what people in this community needed was groceries.

“For two weeks we gave away $1,400 worth of groceries each week and a whole bunch of IGA gift certificates. Then we added some fun things like bikes, TVs and grills.”

House said he still values the lessons he learned from his father, grandfather and great-grandparents. “It’s all about taking care of your community,” he said. “That’s something they taught me early on.”

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