A grocery store that has operated in Central for more than 80 years but is closing this weekend has been commended for its contribution to the community. Owner Kwan Moon-chiu said his dilapidated Wing Woo store at the intersection of Graham and Wellington streets had witnessed the growth and decline of grocery businesses in the city since the 1920s. Mr Kwan, 76, said the grocery had been co-founded by his uncle and father and he had helped out at the store since he was 12. He said he had slept at the store every night for about 20 years until he got married in 1959. 'I miss everything in the store and my regulars,' he said. Mr Kwan said his business had been at its prime when the mainland started to open up about 30 years ago. 'Resources were scarce at that time. People would buy everything we sold.' But the business had declined since 1997 as supermarkets and chain grocery stores started to flourish. When the Urban Renewal Authority asked him whether he wanted to rent the store for another year at HK$17,000 a month, Mr Kwan declined because he was hardly making a profit at the current rental of HK$10,000 a month. The authority plans to redevelop Graham Street into Hong Kong's first 'old shop street', featuring speciality shops. Mr Kwan said all the tools and furniture at the store would be donated to the Hong Kong Museum of History for preservation. The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage, the Central and Western Concern Group and the SEE Network, a group dedicated to town-planning research and publication, awarded a certificate to Wing Woo yesterday in recognition of its contribution to the community. Lee Kwong-lam, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Provisions, Wine and Spirit Dealers' Association, also congratulated Mr Kwan, an old friend, on his success over so many years.