LAST UPDATED: 7/14/2023 AT 5:46 AM
Update 2: author name of 2nd part of story information retracted due to controversial history. Name can be found in the linked article.
Update 1: incorrect information we've provided regarding marital status has since been updated.
We've also added additional information regarding the domestic abuse.
According to Lou Perrine's Gas & Grocery themselves, their last day of business will be July 11th, 2023, which is tomorrow after serving Kenosha for 68 years.
Recent news dropped about the Kenosha gas station loved by many Kenoshans. Anthony Perrine announced on their Facebook page before it was deleted that they were shutting shop.
To Our Customers and Employees of Lou Perrine’s Gas & Groceries:
The Perrine family decided to sell the business to a private investment firm. Lou Perrine's has a location on Sheridan Rd & 52nd St (their original location), and a location they opened on 80th St & 22nd Ave less than a year ago.
According to them, they've sold their business to a private investment firm outside of Wisconsin.
According to store employees, the gas station isn't completely shutting shop.
We've talked to store employees, and the Lou Perrine's locations themselves aren't going anywhere. They'll still remain, although the brand will change, but the Mama P's Ho Ho Cakes is going away from now. According to Anthony Perrine, the Ho Ho cakes will come back in some way, shape, or form. The details just aren't clear yet.
But what about my rewards points?
According to employees, the points will transfer over.
There's no word on how much they were bought out for as the Perrine's haven't shared.
We couldn't talk to the owner himself due to his busy schedule.
A recent rocky history of the owner
Upon research of this story, we've come across the discovery that Anthony Perrine, the owner of Lou Perrine's that took over from his father, was recently under some legal troubles and was arrested for domestic abuse of Jessica Perrine on July 30, 2022, covered by Kenosha County Eye. It seems that Kenosha County Eye has been the only source that has covered this story, and no other outlet has mentioned it.
A YouTube video was also posted by Kenosha County Eye of the bodycam footage by the Pleasant Prairie Police Department on July 30, 2022, shown above. The video time length is 38:40 showing Anthony Perrine cooperating with officers during his arrest. The couple had discussed being in an "open relationship", to which they both agreed to. Jessica found someone to be with in the open relationship, to which cause Anthony to get upset, according to PPPD records. This caused Anthony to attempt to unlock Jessica Perrine's phone, to which he was unsuccessful, and proceeded to smash it. Anthony has also admitted to hitting her on July 26, 2022. Mrs. Perrine had shown one of the officers the bruise below her left knee.
His defense was that "he had bought her the phone, and that it was his phone." The officer responded with “marital property.” The officer was likely referencing Wis Stat §939.22(28) which says ” ‘Property of another’ means property in which a person other than the actor has a legal interest which the actor has no right to defeat or impair, even though the actor may also have a legal interest in the property.”
The couple has since divorced.
According to Wisconsin CCAP, the couple has since divorced, and the case was closed in February of this year.
Latest update: according to court records, the divorce has been dismissed as of 2/21/23.
For the full details of this report, see Kenosha County Eye's story regarding this >
When we checked the Lou Perrine's website, no statement is given on there, and all of the gas station's social media pages have since been deleted, with the Twitter page being deleted before the announcement, but after the domestic abuse case that we've noticed. We believe the social media pages were shut down after the gas station was bought out by the private firm.
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