The shoreline is losing one of its most treasured shops.
The Noank Community Market will soon close its doors for good. The building has changed hands and names for years, and through it all Chris McFarland has been a loyal customer.
“You get down to earth people,” McFarland said.
Customers stop in for a game of chess, to chat, or to have one of the best hot dogs around.
Unfortunately last week, employees were told the shop would close by the end of this week, which is reportedly a result of competition from larger stores, according to John Sutherland, who is the chair of the board overseeing the Noank Community Market.
“I sobbed for a good couple hours,” said staff member Mel Clark. I love this store. I grew up here, it’s my home town, I remembered being here as a kid, I bring my own children here it's just part of the community, it's sad."
The shelves were emptying during the 50 percent off sale on Thursday.
Assistant Manager Deb Schoolcraft said customers are what she will miss most.
“It's going to be hard not to see them. It’s going to be hard,” Schoolcraft said.
The market used to be a co-op, but that ended when the store began to struggle.
Managers reportedly learned last year that the store was struggling, especially during the winter months and learned it may lean to it closing.
The market's highest membership hit roughly 600 at one point.
On Sunday, if not sooner, managers will take down the “Open” flag and close the doors one last time.
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