John's Grocery in Iowa City reopens after renovations

Store had been closed for just over two weeks

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IOWA CITY — After a little more than two weeks, one of Iowa City’s most beloved corner stores has reopened.

On Monday, the doors reopened to John’s Grocery, 401 E. Market St., after the store on the corner of Gilbert and Market streets closed its doors at the end of 2015 for renovations.

The newly renovated grocery store will host a grand reopening event and ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Thursday event will include wine, beer and liquor tastings, as well as food from the kitchen and deli.

Officials with John’s Grocery began updates in recent years to the 168-year-old building that houses the store, including changes to the deli counter.

For the last two weeks, officials with the store have been reorganizing shelving and creating a more open and inviting atmosphere. Store officials said they also planned to add insulation and humidity control to the basement, to allow long term aging for wine and beer, and the space dedicated to spirits would see an addition for more offerings.

In 1948, Erma and John Alberhasky bought a grocery store on the corner of Gilbert and Market streets and renamed it John’s Grocery. The store has remained in the Alberhasky family.

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