Published On: Fri, May 26th, 2017

Coleridge grocery store will be closing

COLERIDGE  —   The front doors at Ken’s Market were locked Monday – a day the store would normally have been open for business in the past.
A sign taped on the front door of the store said, “Yes, Ken’s Market is open for business.”
Another sign nearby provided the new hours the store will now be open.
Ken’s Market will be open for business fewer hours each day and will not open at all on Mondays.
Long-time store manager Jeff Hall put in his final day at the grocery store Friday.

The store is currently being kept open by two store employees, Lindsey Tarno and Nelda Cautrell.

The grocery store will eventually be closing, Tarno said.

“We have been asked to stay on until the store is closed,” she said. “We don’t have an official date on when that will happen.”

Items in the store have been marked down and are being sold off. The inventory will not be replaced.

“Everything is 30 percent off. We are trying to sell as many items as possible,” Tarno said. “We are not ordering any new items to sell.”

Tarno said she did not have any other information on what the future plans are for the building or equipment.

“The store is just not making enough profit,” she said.

Former manager Jeff Hall could not be reached for comment.

An investment group purchased the store about a dozen years ago, when long-time grocery store owner Ken Mitchell decided to retire. Hall was installed as a manager at that time and has operated the store ever since.

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