Wrinks Market returns to Route 66

Wrinks Market

LDR photo/Chris Roden

Katie Hapner stands in front of Wrinks Market holding Route 66 memorabilia that her grandfather enjoyed.

By: 
CHRIS RODEN ◆ CHRIS@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

It is a familiar building.

Most people have noticed the white sign bearing “Wrinks Market” on a brink building on old Route 66.

However, it hasn’t been Wrinks Market since 2005, when Glen “Wrink” Wrinkle died and the doors were closed the same day.

As his granddaughter Katie Hapner said, “The store lived as long as he did.”

His death ended the 55-year run for Wrinks Market run by Glen Wrinkle.

Terry Wrinkle reopened the store for two years from 2007 to 2009 until the economy worsened.

Saturday June 10 the tradition begins anew.

“We will open on June 10 no matter what,” Hapner promised.

She has a strong connection to the store because of her grandfather and wants to see it reopen.

“I think Wrink’s Market should be here. My grandfather loved Route 66 and all the people that came through here. That’s why he did it, and I think that’s why I want to do it. It’s for them, his customers, the people he loved so much.”

She and her stepsister Sarah Carney are trying to put the store back the way it was or at least as Hapner remembers it.

“It’s been a lot of long hours and taken a lot of help,” Hapner said.

People that knew Wrink have either given or sold items that used to be part of the store to Hapner to help make Wrinks look like Wrinks again.

She pointed to several displays, some brought in by folks and others found in the basement and elsewhere.

Part of the motif of the store will show Wrink’s love for Route 66.

“We’ll have a bunch of Wrink’s memorabilia, and we’re having some T-shirts printed up for the Route 66 festival. We’re trying to bring it back a little bit and have fun with it,” Hapner said.

The “wall of candy” and other displays provide strong memories for both her and Carney.

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