After decades in business, the doors closed on the IGA grocery store in Canfield in the Village Square Shopping Center, 8 N. Broad St.
Many of the shelves already were empty a few hours before the end of the day Friday, a clear sign something was wrong at the business to those customers who missed the small sign about the closing on the second set of the electronic doors.
Henry Nemenz, who has owned the store for 10 years, said the reason for the closure simply was a reduced volume of business based on competition. Before Nemenz bought the location, it was Yager IGA.
The store at 8 N. Broad St. is about a mile from a Giant Eagle in Canfield at 525 Main St. A Rulli Bros. and a Sparkle supermarket also are within four miles of the store.
Marge Teets of Canfield said she has been shopping at the Canfield store under various names for 45 years.
When asked where she would shop in the future, she said it “would be difficult.” She would “have to drive to Austintown to shop.”
Teets said she didn’t know the store was going to close, but after walking down the aisles and seeing the bare shelves, she wondered why she had bothered to get a shopping cart.
George Meade, a Coca- Cola employee from Akron who was helping to unload and remove the soda machine just outside the store, said the closure of the market was sad.
“There’s a lot of seniors who come here to shop,” he said.
The store used to be beside a pharmacy that closed a few years ago. Business was said to have slowed at the grocery store when the pharmacy was shuttered.
“I don’t have any clue what’s going to happen to the building after it closes,” Nemenz said. “There have been a couple of people who have expressed interest in reopening it as a grocery store.
“There are 25 employees at the store, and most all of them are being transferred to other stores,” he said.
Nemenz, his son and his son-in-law own two additional IGA stores and 20 Sav-A-Lots in Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania.