Boardman Sparkle Market, 6315 Market St., a family-owned and operated neighborhood grocery store here since 1946, will close Nov. 23.
No signs announcing the closing were posted at the store’s door, and no closing announcement appeared on its website Wednesday.
Arriving customers learned the news Wednesday evening by word of mouth.
The locally owned store’s website says it’s open seven days a week, featuring a deli and hot-food section with homemade sausage and hot foods prepared daily and a coffee bar with premium coffees.
Harry Anzevino, store owner, could not be reached to comment Wednesday evening. Store employees declined on-the-record interviews and deferred comment to Anzevino.
The store at Market Street and Woodrow Avenue is one of 16 Sparkle Markets in Northeast Ohio. Nearby Sparkle Markets operate on South Avenue and Western Reserve Road.
There also are Sparkles in Transfer, Pa., and in Chester and New Cumberland, W.Va.
Sparkle’s business model features independent local supermarkets with owners in the stores.
Mark Fenton of Boardman, owner of Hometec, a Boardman construction company, who left the Market Street store Wednesday evening with a shopping cart full of groceries, said he has been a customer there for more than 30 years and is saddened by the store’s closing.
Fenton said he believes smaller independent stores, such as Boardman Sparkle, have difficulty matching the retail prices of their larger major chain competitors, who can get deeper volume discounts from suppliers.
“This is one of my favorite stores to come to because I know everybody, and the people are really super-friendly,” Fenton said. “If you ever have a problem with a product or something, the manager comes out and personally takes care of it,” he added.
“It’s nice and close. It’s safe. They always have a patrolman here,” he said as a Boardman police officer guarded the store. Parking also is easy and convenient in an off-street lot, he added.