North Judson Grocery Store Property Owner Completes Tax Requirements

The former Ray's Super Foods in downtown North Judson is now Heartland Markets.
Former site of Ray’s Superfoods, currently Heartland Market

Heartland Market in North Judson will not be headed for tax sale this year.

According to Starke County Treasurer Kasey Clark, the owners of the property on which the North Judson grocery store operates completed their tax requirements shortly after a legal advertisement published in the local newspaper alerted the public of the issue.

The site, located in the 300 block of Lane Street, comprises both the physical grocery store and the parking lot.

The property was formerly occupied by Ray’s Superfoods, owned by Ray and Dena Wajda, but closed around March of 2015.

Heartland Market – which had recently opened a location in Francesville – stepped in with the help of a $50-thousand revolving loan from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation and the Town of North Judson. Loan funds were used for updating the interior of the building, but also to prevent a food desert in the southern portion of Starke county.

According to the legal notice announcing the deadlines, the building and the parking lot carried delinquent taxes in the amount of $7,170 and $1,162.

Now that the property tax levy payments have been satisfied, plans for a tax sale were not sought according to the Treasurer’s office. 

The owners of the property had until September 12th when the court petition was expected to be filed to judge against the tracts and sell the property. That process was never sought.