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Plaza under new ownership

Friday, June 22, 2012

Country Porch Convenience Stores, owned by brothers Mike and Gerry Laycock, recently purchased the Clay City Plaza. The brothers don't plan to make any changes other than the marketing style of the store. The name change will take place on Friday, June 29. [Order this photo]
The Clay City Plaza will soon have a name change.

Country Porch Convenience Stores, owned by brothers Mike and Gerry Laycock, began in 2005 with a store in Jasonville. Since then, the brothers have run five stores in locations such as Duggar, Sullivan and Linton.

The Clay City plaza will be the brother duo's sixth store.

"We're excited to be adding this location as a part of our growing company," Mike said. "We'll do whatever we can do to support the community. The store seems to already have a good relationship with the community, and we want to continue those things."

The Greene County company doesn't plan to make any changes other than the marketing style.

"We try to be a low price leader when it comes to the marketing of the store," Mike said. "We're excited to see how it works. We haven't operated in an A&W before."

The locally owned and operated company plans to support the community and continue traditions within Clay City.

"The A&W is still going to operate, and all the great and wonderful things (the people of Clay City) are used to getting there will continue," Mike told The Brazil Times. "We absolutely see the convenience store there in Clay City as being a great opportunity for us based on how we operate."

The Clay City Plaza will become the Country Porch on Friday, June 29, and the Laycock brothers plan to purchase more stores in the fall.

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I am looking forward to the change --- I would like to see the store cleaned up! I would like to pay at the pump! I have lived here about 10 years and go out of my way to NOT go into the store as is -- I actually waited or found reason to go to Terre Haute opposed to going into this store --- the coffee needs to be better too --- please!

-- Posted by Lacey62 on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 9:32 PM

I bought my first tank of gas after getting my license from Thelma. I have never known any business owner who dedicated more time to a business. You will be missed by Clay City.

-- Posted by Lafin on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 10:37 AM

I have helped run the Clay City Youth League for 9 years and she always supported the kids of our community. Thanks Thelma you are one of the hardest working women I've seen in my life.

-- Posted by Kirk Smith on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 11:20 PM

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