Family-owned Covington store refuses to close in storm

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 19 at 9:01 PM

KENT, Wash. -- Businesses around Kent and Auburn that are without power turned customers away Thursday, but one store kept the coffee hot and flowing.

"That's number one, is hot coffee," said Sonja Foss, owner of Foss Grocery Store in Covington, "Because they can't be without that!"

Foss stayed open, thanks to a heavy-duty generator keeping the lights on and the freezer running.

People came in and out all day, looking for supplies, snacks, and firewood, grateful the store was open. One man exclaimed, "You're a lifesaver!" as he walked into the store.

Sonja's great grandfather opened the store back in the 1920's. His motto was stay open -- even when the lights go out.

"They can walk in and get what they need and walk back home," said Sonja.

So while the outages force big stores to turn away customers, Sonja's keeping the lights on.

"We kind of have to be here," she said. "The neighborhood has been pretty good to us, we will stay open for them."

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