A Stop & Shop in Hamden is on its last legs—the supermarket chain announced plans to shut down its store at 1245 Dixwell Avenue.
The grocery store will close its doors for the last time on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
“After a thorough review of the operating performance of our stores, we made a business decision to close one of our two Hamden store locations,” said Stop & Shop New York Metro Division President, Don Sussman, in a release. “We regret any inconvenience this will cause and encourage our customers to shop at our other Hamden store located at 2335 Dixwell Avenue.”
Supermarket representatives say employees at the ill-fated location will have the chance to transfer to the other store in town or elsewhere in New Haven County.
But the Hamden mayor says otherwise. Mayor Scott D. Jackson released the following statement on Friday:
“The Town of Hamden is saddened to hear about the announced closing of the southern Hamden Stop and Shop. This is a great loss, not only for the over 200 workers, but also for the southern Hamden community... While this is a sudden loss, we plan on doing everything possible to not only alleviate the loss of jobs, but also to take immediate steps to work on replacing the store with another use that will provide employment, shopping and services. We will work with our staff and CT Works to counsel the workers regarding their job search options. In addition, I have assigned our Economic Development Director Dale Kroop to work with the owner of the shopping center and brokers from throughout the region to help find a replacement store.”
According to a post on the mayor's Facebook page, Jackson has asked to meet with Stop & Shop representatives in an effort to change their mind and convince them to keep the store open.
The store will send its prescription records to the nearby Stop & Shop at 2335 Dixwell Avenue, supermarket representatives said.
Nearby Stop & Shop stores are located at:
- 79 Washington Ave., North Haven
- 112 Amity Road, New Haven
- 150 Whalley Ave., New Haven
- 460 Elm Street, West Haven
- 370 Hemingway Ave., Trolley Square, East Haven
- 104-106 N. Main Street, Branford
- 275 Highland Ave., Cheshire
The chain employs about 60,000 people and runs 400 stores in the Northeast.