Dec 20, 2013 6:18 PM
Twelve hours a day, seven days a week for the past 35 years. That's how long Lola Wong has owned and operated Laurel Market.
“It’s not easy,” she said. “But when you're busy, you just keep going.”
But after more than three decades of service, all that going has stopped and she's finally closing shop.
“I’ll take a vacation, come back and then figure out what to do,” Wong said.
A well deserved vacation
“My husband and I started the store here 35 years ago,” she said. “He died two years after and I just worked myself.”
Working all alone at this market on the edge of Chapmantown--selling everything from food, smokes and beer, year after year. But nowadays, the aisles are a bit bare.
After decades in the Chico and serving thousands of customers, Laurel Market has become a big part of the community. And while the appreciation is there, Wong is retiring and moving on--but not moving out of Chico. She's working to change this property from commercial to residential.
“That’s my original plan,” Wong said. “Close it and turn it into apartments and then I don’t have to work seven days a week, 12 hours a day.”