Pennington’s to change hands, become Muncy’s

By: 
Steve Chapman

After decades in industry, longtime owners retiring, selling store to nearby grocery operation
 
One of Ash Grove’s most recognizable businesses will change hands and names next month. On Tuesday, February 22, David and Lesha Muncy, owners of the Muncy Supermarkets in Lockwood and Sarcoxie, will become the new owner of Pennington’s Supermarket. As a result, Pennington’s will become the third Muncy’s Supermarket in Southwest Missouri.

Ambition drove Pennington to start own business:

Terry and Karla Pennington opened their grocery store on Nov. 8, 1986. They also had a second location in Lockwood, which they sold to the Muncys about 10 years ago. They have been the owners ever since, with a brief interruption when the business was Robert’s Supermarket for about five years.
Prior to taking ownership of the grocery store, Terry Pennington was a vice-president with Smitty’s in Springfield. However, he had greater ambitions.
“I wanted my own business,” he said. So, (the supermarket) became available, so I decided to buy it and open my own business.”
As they prepare to see the grocery store change hands, Pennington said he and Karla will miss serving the people of Ash Grove.
“The people, and the change of seasons, and the business and taking care of our customers (is what we will miss),” he said. “We went through a lot with the Covid, and we went through the ice storm with people around here. It’s our customers, I think, that matter most.”
However, Pennington said he has no doubts that David Muncy, with whom he has a long-standing friendship, will take good care of the business.
“David had worked for me at Muncy’s since he was 16 years old, and I sold him that one (in Lockwood),” Pennington said. “I think he’ll be good for Ash Grove; that’s why I did it.”
In their retirement, the Pennington’s plan to travel and spend time in a condo they own in Gulf Shores, Ala. Beyond that, however, Terry said they don’t have much planned.
“We’ll be involved with David a little bit, but we don’t plan on doing a whole lot,” he said.
Karla added that they hoped the Muncy family would prosper in Ash Grove.
“We wish the Muncys much success in their new endeavor,” she said.

Muncys excited to come to Ash Grove:

For his part, Muncy said the plans for him to buy Pennington’s in Ash Grove have been in the works for about a decade.
“Ten years ago, when I bought Lockwood from the Penningtons, Terry told me then when he got ready to sell (the store in) Ash Grove, he would like for me to buy it,” Muncy said. So, here we are a little over 10 years later. Lesha, Maddie and I are excited to become a part of the Ash Grove community.”
Reflecting on the earlier years he worked with Pennington, Muncy said Terry taught him a great deal.
“Terry was always willing to teach and guide you,” he said. “He believed in me from … when he bought the store. He never gave up on me, even though I’m sure there were times he probably wanted to.”
Watching Terry Pennington, Muncy said, gave him the drive to go into business for himself.
“I think working for a guy Like Terry inspired me,” he said. “He wasn't afraid to get in, and he would do anything to make his business a success. Just watching his work ethic and his love for the business was inspiring in itself.”
Though the name of the grocery store will change, Muncy said nothing else would.
“We plan on keeping all employees as well as providing Ash Grovel with a good clean quality store to shop at for all their needs,” he said. “Again, we are excited to be a part of the Ash Grove community.”
Muncy added that he is grateful to the Penningtons for all they have done for him and the residents of Ash Grove.
“We would like to wish Terry and Karla Pennington the best in their retirement,” he said. “Thanks for all you’ve done for us, as well as the Ash Grove community, over the past 35 years.”

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