Lebanon — Lebanon’s MainStreet Market, 2250 N. Lebanon St., will close by the end of the month.
MainStreet Market is a subsidiary brand of Marsh, which is owned by Sun Capital Partners, Inc., Boca Raton, Fla.A manager at the Lebanon store referred comment to Marsh’s corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Connie Gardner, Marsh’s senior director of community relations, emailed a press release in response to a telephone call seeking comment.
In the release, Marsh said a lack of customers and expiring building leases were factors in the shut-down decision.“Customers have spoken and we are reacting to the realities of the markets and making difficult decisions to address the long-term health of the company,” the Marsh press release said.
Employees who are not offered jobs elsewhere with the company “will have a severance package,” the release said.
Two stores in Indianapolis as well as stores in Franklin, Muncie, Speedway, and one in Franklin, Ohio, will also be closed, according to the release.
Joni Ping, of Lebanon, said she was disappointed to hear the news of the store’s closure when she walked into the store Thursday afternoon. Employees were informing all of the customers.“I shop here at least once a week,” she said. “I’m sad to see it go.”In its place, Ping said she may start shopping at Meijer, especially once the one at Anson opens.
Sonny Parker, of Frankfort, said the store is full of great people. The baggers help customers outside, and the employees are always pleasant.“This store in particular, the people are always the friendliest,” he said. “If you walk in there, you’ll see a smile. And you don’t get customer service like that at the bigger stores.”Though Parker lives in Frankfort, he is often in Lebanon because his wife works in the city. But he said he can start shopping at the Marsh in Frankfort again. The loss will hurt Lebanon, he added, because there will be less competition.“I get it, times are hard. I understand, but it’s just a shame,” he said. “You can’t ask for a better managed store or for better people.”According to the Marsh release, the closures are “the first part of a three-year plan we are implementing this year to position Marsh Supermarkets for growth and profitability.” All stores will carry the Marsh name. Existing stores will be remodeled, while the company will “seek opportunities to build new stores in new or existing markets,” the release said.