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Butch's ill health may close the doors of Rehoboth's McQuay's Market McQuay's Market, a friendly Rehoboth Beach institution for more than 50 years, probably won't survive its owner's recent health problems. "Butch fell down and hurt his arm badly a couple weeks ago," said his wife, Jewell, this week from the couple's Old Landing home. "If he can get his temper- aure down and the problem that he's having with his stomach on top of the bad arm, maybe he'll come out of it. He's a very strong-willed person but he's also 88. So far as running the store- I don't think that will happen again. It's a very expensive institution that we can't afford to run any longer." Mrs. McQuay said the widely- familiar Sussex grocer is having "a very, very hard time. His arm's in a brace, he can't use it to stabi- lize himself. William [Butch' s for- mal name] likes to think it's broken but it might be badly sprained whichcould be worse. I MCQUAY told him, 'You should have broke your foot. At least that way we could play gin.' "We're just going to sell the stock down in the store and even, tuaUy close," said Mrs. McQuay. "So the business is just going to kind of fade away?" I asked. "Don't we all?" she answered. "I haven't heard of anyone yet who doesn't eventually." She said creditors have been swarming around since word got - out that Butch was sick, "It's the city people," she said. "They want their money and I don't blame them. Down here one hand washes the other but in the city, it doesn't work that way. We have plenty of accounts owed us by people in town and that will come in." For decades Butch and his em- ployees at McQuay's have steadi- ly supplied Rehoboth's restaurant trade with fresh vegetables, fruit, BAREFOOTIN' Dennis Forney meats and seafoods picked up dai- ly from Philadelphia and Balti- more markets. When chefs ran short of basic food supplies, they knew they could depend on Mc- Quay's. Visitors to Rehoboth knew they had arrived in town when they crossed the Rehoboth Avenue drawbridge and saw McQuay's Market with its colorful boxes of producespread across the cement beneath the low front porch. And while mothers and fathers bought items they needed inside or out, children would stare with large eyes into the bubbling lobster tank that supplied many a fine summer evening's meal. In the fall Butch spreads pots of mums along the street front and acknowledges the countless peo- ple who drive by and honk or wave. And when election season nears, the longtime Sussex County Democrat who grew up in St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore, spends a good bit of time on the phone working for as good a Democrat turnout at the polls as is possible in a town known for its Republican leanings. Terry Hatter, an employee at McQuay's for several years, shook her head with uncertainty when asked about the future of her job. "I just don't know," she said. "Butch is tough but I know his ann's hurt pretty bad. We'll just have to wait and see." Customers and employees look out the screen door every few minutes, expecting to see Butch driving up in his yel- low Caddy ready to call in a few orders. Dennis Fomey photo McQuay's Market, which has never had its doors closed for more than half a day in 50 years, may soon close permanently. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19,1997 - 7 NEW CONSTRUCTION IN g!t CREEK COUNTRY CLUB ! oo .[3[3 3rrrrrr - l=lrrlrrrr mat n n ., I I I I = I' " 127 Kings Crk Circle . Thre bedrooms Two baths 19oo sq. fl. plus screend porch & cedar deck " Two car garage Solid hardwood llooring in LR, DR, Foyer, Kitchen & Den Berher Carpet in bedrooms and 12" tile in baths Pre-stained cedar siding Gas forced air heat and central MC Very tasteful on a bright corner lot near pool & clubhou6e Cathedral ceiling in Great 6m & Masttr Bedroom Master Bath with tub & shower. Includes full golf membership to KCCC Early Autumn completion $295,0o0 ! ig  11 111 16 Hickman St - 3W Third floor ]k-up Ocean view from smideck Oceanblock w/parking $119,500 .......... :]::;:: ::f:[ .: 57B Delaware - Rehob. Three bedroom condo Second floor Recently redecorated $127,000 123 Breezewood Drive Four bedroom - two bath Cape Cod on large lot Two car garage & studio $149,900 205 Federal St Milton Five bedroom Two bath Victorian home One-of-a-kind Large yard Ne{v oil forced air heater B & B allowed Very special Asking $139,500 CALL DOUG 1 Doug Davis Associate Broker RE/MAX Realty Group - Reh0both Beach 226-DOUG (Direct) 1-888-226-DOUG (Toll Free) Fax 226-0970 ~ www.dougdavis.com