The 60-year history of the corner grocery store Thingholt in central Reykjavík comes to an end today. The store’s owners, couple Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and Einar Valdimarsson, say the nearby Bónus budget supermarket has made business difficult for them.
“We have been struggling […] for a long time and realized that it would never work to have a store like ours next to a supermarket,” Valdimarsson told Fréttabladid. He and his wife have operated Thingholt for 11 years.
Valdimarsson said that they would miss the people from the neighborhood, especially the high school students who often dropped by the store during their lunch and afternoon breaks.
The couple is uncertain what they will do next. “While we’re in good health we want to work. We might find something else,” Valdimarsson said. He and Sigurdardóttir have always been involved with the operations of grocery stores.
Today, Thingholt will offer everything at a 50 percent discount, excluding tobacco.