Egg Harbor Twp. supermarket closes after 12 years of service -

Egg Harbor Twp. supermarket closes after 12 years of service

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One of the last remaining supermarkets in the Egg Harbor Township area just closed its doors forever, leaving more than 70 workers without jobs just before the holidays.

It's been a long time coming but for Molly McKinney her last day as an employee at Genuardi's after 12 years of service, she says is bittersweet.

"I'm thankful for the experience, but I am also wondering why they really had to close the store."

"We were told about 60 days ago that "Safeway", the parent company of Genuardi's was going to be closing the store here and in Barnegat on December 12th," said Store Manager, Paul McCloskey.

After being put up for sale earlier this year, "Safeway" representatives say they were unable to find any buyers for the two locations, leading to the closures.

At 6:00 PM on Tuesday, the doors opened and closed for the last time.

While some are taking the shut down as a blessing in disguise, others are asking where do they go next.

But it isn't just the employees who are wondering where to go, as this is the second supermarket to close in Egg Harbor Township this year, making residents travel miles from home to get their groceries.

"We will probably drive to Marmora, and living up the street 5 minutes, this was a quick run in and out to get bread and milk," said customer, Jody Simon.

But for the most part everyone says that they looking on the bright side of what is the end of an era.

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