Grand Union to Close its Storrs Location

The supermarket is set to close its doors on Middle Turnpike, but we at Patch want to know, how do you feel about the pending closure?

Grand Union Family Markets, located at 591 Middle Tpke. in Storrs, is set to close its doors.

Bright yellow "Store Closing 30% Off Your Store Order" signs now plaster the store's front windows.

Grand Union employees, and a store manager, identified only as Steve, declined to comment earlier this week on the store's pending closure.

GU Market of Storrs, LLC, the company listed as owning the property in Storrs, referred all questions to its operations executive Scott Cudney.

Cudney did not return calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Grand Union Web site currently lists 21 store locations, none of which are in Connecticut - 18 in New York and three in Vermont.

But Mansfield-Storrs Patch wants to know how you feel about the pending closure. How do you feel about the loss of a town grocery store? Was it your go-to place for groceries? Will Grand Union be missed? Where will you shop now?

Please share your thoughts with your friends and neighbors in the comments section below.

Lauren November 08, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I'm very sad about it. Sad for Rose, and Dottie, and, ..... We don't even have 7-11 up and running yet so it's a big inconvenience. Would love it if a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's went in there. Would have been nice if the new owners kept it open until a buyer came in and put something there of till the downtown rumored grocery store opens.
Tim Noone November 08, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Grand Union is very convienient for picking up last minute items. I will miss them.
Daniel Briere November 08, 2012 at 12:27 PM
They left I bet because the combination of the new Price Chopper in downtown and Cumberland Farms at Four Corners is going to impact their sales substantially.
Jim Greene November 08, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Will miss it, very convenient for that side of town. Must have seen the writing on the wall with the new price chopper coming in. Sorry to see another business near four corners fail. Wish all the employees the best.
Ted M November 08, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Moved to town in '68...A&P was where we shopped for all our grocery goods...and have been pretty faithful to this day...Hopefully someone similar can see the potential at that spot?
Eva Davies November 08, 2012 at 02:35 PM
That's very unfortunate. I shop there for lunch and reception supplies for our school recitals. It's a store where I have a choice of things to buy for lunch, rather than all the fast food in overabundance in Storrs.
Michelle November 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
What about all the Senior Citizens in the Trailor park who do their shopping there because it's the only one close enough? My Godparents live there, they are in their late eighties, where are they going to shop? Cumberland Farms won't be enough.
Michelle November 08, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Where is Price Chopper going to be?
Lee Terry November 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM
It wasn't a great grocery store, but it wasn't bad, either -- very convenient for those living north of campus who don't have transportation. When I lived on Middle Turnpike I went there all the time for groceries because it was so close and I could get what I needed. I agree that a Trader Joe's would be great, but I understand TJ rejected the idea of coming to Storrs Downtown because they doubted Eastern Connecticut would provide enough business. I guess I always assume that if I like something, everyone else would, too, and there would be plenty of business. There is plenty of parking for a grocery store of that size, too. Now that I think of it, I'm bummed!!!
BrianG November 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Price Chopper is going into "downtown" Storrs, across from EO Smith school. The Cumbies is going where Kathy John's used to be. Does anyone else notice "local" being replaced by out of state businesses? My appreciation goes out to anyone who can make a local business work these days in Storrs-Mansfield.
BrianG November 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
So sad for the local managers and staff. I hope the new Price Chopper can absorb them. This is a tough location for almost any business. It gets mobbed when school is in session, and the customers dry up during school vacations. The other stores in this strip mall suffer through the down time by selling something to locals. Any Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would see this immediately and find a better location. Why not some local investment instead?
Jane November 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I feel terrible about Grand Union closing. I have shopped there since it was the A & P because it is easy for me to navigate a smaller store than the Big Y and Stop & Shop. I won't be going to the new Price Chopper in Storrs because it will be congested with traffic . I don't plan to get in the terrible traffic jams around the Storrs Center again. Guess I will take my business down to the Highland Park Market in Coventry, they have a clean very well stocked store with a large assortment of prepared deli. Bakery foods too...Its further for me to drive, but its worth the trip.
Kaptainsteve November 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
To Editor/Elyssa; I appreciate your thanks for not printing this blog post DAYS ago when I submitted it to you. Instead, your article is days late. There ain't no news like late news. I know that no one probably cares too much about this, especially with all the hoopla going on with the Storrs Center Boondoggle, but a staple of Uconn and Storrs life, the former A&P/The Grand Union is closing up for good as we speak and I've noticed nary a mention of it on Patch or anywhere. Too bad. The Storrs Grand Union was a place you could always count on. It was always open long hours and had just about whatever you needed. The management and staff treated their customers like family. Now it looks like the good people of Storrs will be limited to either of the corporate giants the impersonal Big Y (with it's BIG prices) or the Price Chopper (the store with the discount sounding name yet having the same BIG prices). I speculate that the store is closing as a result of a few things, the dragging Obamaconomy, slow sales and let's face it, the prospect of new competition across town with Storrs Center's Price Chopper. This is a problem with the new project, the area can only provide for so much business and something had to give, this time it was the Grand Union and it's employees who will suffer at taxpayer funded expense. I wish all my friends at Grand Union the best. I appreciate your service and kindness. Best of luck to ya all.
Sharon Francis November 09, 2012 at 12:18 PM
As someone who grew up in Storrs I am really sad to see all the small, local businesses disappearing. I now live in Rutland, VT where after being inundated with big chains pushing the small businesses out for our big expansion we now have a downtown full of empty, large, ugly buildings and only the big chain stores that are still left to shop in. Rutland is bigger than Storrs, but I hope the same thing doesn't happen there. It sounds to me like it's heading there. City planners with big ideas that ruin the sense of where you live and then when everything falls apart you are left with an ugly town that doesn't resemble a small town, but certainly doesn't have the draw, or the look of a bigger area. I hope this turns out to be a good thing for you all, but I am glad I am not there to see it.
Joshua Goldstein November 21, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Wow! I have a rain check that I'll now not be able to use....)-: When I first came to Storrs we had a University Grocery Store on Dog Lane and the A&P. A&P occupied the space where GrandUnion was.....It's sad. I'm often sad when small operations shut down. I was upset when Tolland IGA closed to make way for Big Y; same was true in Ellington where Ellington Market closed to make way for Big Y. Kathy John's is gone....and here comes Cumberland Farms. It would be nice if Mayor Patterson can secure another tenant (grocer) for that space. Someone said Trader Joe's. The space seems rather small for a whole foods market, although a Whole Foods Market in Storrs would definitely be a busy place. On the other end of the scale, maybe a Shop-Rite, Stop & Shop, or on a smaller scale another IGA Market like the one in Windham. Lastly, Santilli's ran a successful grocery store in Willington for years, and closed the store because of conflict with Town Officials (according to the store owner). Maybe they could be persuaded to reestablish themselves in the area in that location.....
Kaptainsteve November 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Bring your Grand Union rain check to the Town Council. Let them swap it for a Price-Chopper rain check, after all, both entities teamed up to drive the GU out of Storrs.
GregoryRobertSamuels November 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM
It's always been a dirty place...


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