Peanut Shoppe’s new owner excited to own piece of city’s history


A Springfield business that’s supplied Springfield residents with locally-made candies and roasted nuts since the 1930s has a new owner who hopes to ensure the store’s success for years to come.

Tim and Laurel Shouvlin have owned the Peanut Shoppe, 1576 E. Main St. since 2013 but began looking for a buyer earlier this year as they prepared to retire. Matt Luther, a longtime Springfield resident, stepped in after reading a story in the Springfield News-Sun earlier this year.

MORE BUSINESS NEWS: Local pest control business opens in Clark County

Luther said he remembers visiting the store with his family as a child, and wanted to ensure the store’s longtime customers continue to get their fix of the shop’s chocolates and roasted nuts.

“It was something I wanted to do,” Luther said. “It’s a fun business and it suits my strength of being in front of customers.”

The store has operated in Springfield since 1937, according to its website.

RELATED: Companies increasingly competing for workers

Planters Peanuts initially opened the chain but the Springfield store switched to private ownership in the 1960’s when the Planters Company sold the company stores. Since then, a series of private owners have kept the store open.

Luther said he’s not planning any significant changes to the store, although eventually he said he’d like to look for ways to boost online sales and some new products could eventually be available. Part of what makes the store so appealing to area residents is its history, he said. He pointed to a large, metal peanut roaster the store has used for decades and still does.

DETAILS: New bakery set to open downtown

“At least for the first year it’s kind of steady as she goes,” Luther said. “It’s not broken so don’t try to fix it.”

One of his strengths, he said, is building relationships with longtime customers. He said it’s important for people to know the store will remain open for years to come. Many people have fond memories of visiting the business with their parents or grandparents.

“Listening to everyone tell their stories of the Peanut Shoppe is kind of fun,” Luther said.

Most of the store’s business comes from regular customers who walk in the storefront, but he said there’s potential to boost the online business. Luther said he’ll likely be more active on social media and thinks there’s room for some growth by providing more options online for former Springfield residents who have moved elsewhere but still want to enjoy the store’s products.

“You can get online and order and get a little taste of home delivered to your doorstep,” Luther said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on domestic violence charges
Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on domestic violence charges

Michael Avenatti has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence according to multiple media outlets. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Avenatti is awaiting booking but it is unclear where he will be processed. His arrest was first reported by TMZ and later confirmed by the Associated Press. An official said that Avenatti was taken into custody...
Beware of shady door-to-door energy sales tactics
Beware of shady door-to-door energy sales tactics

It’s the time of year for door-to-door pitches to get you to switch your energy provider, but consumers need to be wary of shady sales tactics. Norm Krebs of Dayton said he was pressured into an energy contract with a new supplier. Instead of saving money, as he was promised — his bill skyrocketed.  He listened to a pitch from a salesperson...
Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban
Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban

CNN filed suit Tuesday against President Donald Trump and his top aides, arguing they violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week. Update 5:40 p.m. EST Nov. 14: The judge in the CNN lawsuit against President Donald Trump and other administration officials over banning...
Pike County arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’
Pike County arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’

For more than 2½ years, uncertainty and fear hung over this rural community. Eight people had been gunned down in their homes and it wasn’t clear if detectives even had suspects. Were the killers still in their community? Would it ever be solved? Now state and local law enforcement officials claim they have the murderers in custody; a...
Katherine MacGregor, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, dead at 93
Katherine MacGregor, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, dead at 93

Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the villainous and gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” died Tuesday, People reported. She was 93. >> Read more trending news  MacGregor died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, a spokeswoman...
More Stories