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Charles Toney stepping up to offer necessities at cost to customers

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Charles Toney checks his costs. (Photo by David Day)

Charles Toney of Toney’s Grill and Seafood Market is a Vicksburg resident who is doing his best to assist fellow Vicksburgers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toney saw that some basic necessities were being hoarded in a rash of panic buying, so he decided to do something about it.

“All I’ve heard for the last two weeks is that no one can get bread. No one can get milk. No one can get toilet paper,” he said. “I have access to it through my supplier.”

Toney is offering customers those items at cost.

Charles Toney’s stash of basics. (Photo by David Day)

“We’re not Walmart. We’re not Kroger,” he said, almost apologetic that his prices may be a bit higher than what you might find in those big stores. The reality is that by offering the items with zero markups, the prices are competitive.

“We not making anything. We’re doing a service to the community,” he said. “As long as we can break even and take care of the community, we’re fine.”

Some people on social media have accused Toney of profiteering, but he’s losing a few cents on every sale once taxes, credit card fees and other costs are factored in.

“We’re going to be here to help you if we can,” he said.

To see what’s available on the menu at Toney’s Grill, visit them on Facebook, or stop in at 710 U.S. Highway 61 North in Vicksburg.

Also, see our live interview with Charles Toney on our Facebook page.

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