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Strack & Van Til

The Strack & Van Til store in Valparaiso.

It's been one of the most-read articles in The Times and nwi.com this year — a testament to the number of lives touched by a Region business fixture for generations.

So it's no wonder the buzz grew again this past week with news that a business partnership of the Northwest Indiana Strack and Van Til families successfully bought back their family-established grocery chain at bankruptcy auction.

We heard from scores of readers earlier this year when the previous company owning the chain announced it would be closing and selling its properties.

Our Region worried about the potential loss of hundreds of jobs and of the philanthropic void that could be left by the disappearance of a business chain that's been generous to local charities over the years.

Loyal Strack & Van Til customers were in virtual mourning about the potential loss of the quality grocery store chain they loved.

Now the mourning can be replaced with celebration.

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The original families that founded the chain in 1959 were successful in buying back the business at auction, pledging to operate 20 of the chain's 22 remaining grocery stores.

A judge must approve the deal Tuesday, but all signs are pointing up.

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We thank and congratulate the Strack and Van Til families for working to keep a staple of the Region under local ownership, renewing an investment in all of us.

Northwest Indiana residents should remember this investment the next time they head out for groceries.

Our readers have made clear just how important the business is to them, through both words and readership.

For the business to thrive, our community also must vote with our wallets, whether it's at Strack & Van Til or other local businesses.

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Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.