Yukon City Council will vote to demolish building where well known grocery store once stood

YUKON, Okla.- It has been an empty building for years in Yukon, but the memories are still fresh for a lot of residents.

Snyders, a former grocery store, offered more than just food, but an experience for shoppers and their employees.

The sign still stands on Main Street, right along the Historic Route 66.

“It was kind of a community watering hole for the old guys. You could get a cup of coffee and a doughnut for a quarter,” Resident Terry Evans said.

The outside of the building looks presentable, but it has actually been abandoned for years.

All of the copper wiring has been stolen from the inside and there are a lot of holes in the roof.

“The lot is absolutely more valuable without the building on it than it is with the building on it, because of the condition of it,” Yukon City Manager, Grayson Bottom said.

In the coming weeks the City Council will vote on whether to demolish the building, considering the site for a new City Hall complex.

Bottom said, “It is under serious consideration for that, but to date, we have never put a pen or pencil to paper.”

The Snyders, who started the grocery store in 1961 are sad to say goodbye, but said this is a sign of growth for Yukon.

“We are so thrilled that the progress is coming and that something new will be coming up there and the town will be going on and progressing,” Pat Snyder said.

The family will hold onto the memories of giving fresh cookies to all the kids who came to the store, and carrying out every shopper’s groceries to their cars.

“It was just a place to be that was fun and happy. We loved working there, the people, it was just a wonderful place to work,” Snyder said.

The City Council will vote to level the building Tuesday, August 5th.

Once a decision is made, the demolition process will start.

According to Mainstreet Marketplace on Facebook, on Friday August 8th from 6-8 p.m., there will be a celebration in the parking lot of the former Snyders IGA.

Organizers of the event have asked people bring a non perishable food item to be donated to a local Yukon food pantry.

Bricks from the building will be sold for $25 each and proceeds will also go to the Yukon’s Best Main Street group.