Massive Retailer Now Makes An Unexpected Closure in Pennsylvania

A massive retailer now makes an unexpected closure in Pennsylvania, leaving customers confused of the company’s decision.

The Pittsburg, Pennsylvania area Gap clothing store, located in the Shadyside neighborhood, has closed down much to the surprise of locals, reports The-Sun.

The location had its last day on March 24, without much fanfare.

On March 25, a note was posted on the papered-over door saying that the store was permanently closed.

Christine Wilson, who lives in the area was shocked when she heard the news, not believing such a huge retailer would have to close up.

“I was shocked because, you know, that’s a well-known brand,” she told local ABC news affiliate WTAE.

“I don’t know what the reason is,” Wilson continued.

“Is it rent? Is it lack of customers?”

In 2020, Gap announced that it would be closing down 350 of its stores in North America by the end of 2023.

The store cited that these closures were a reaction to market conditions and the need to meet an increase in online demand.

Resident Aaron Loritts believes that the reason for the closure must be linked to the pandemic.

“I think it’s post-COVID, where, especially stores like the Gap, you can buy online,” he explained.

Kate Clougherty agreed, stating that shopping is shifting and that it is worrying to her.

“It’s concerning,” she said.

“It says that it’s definitely moving towards the online side of shopping.”

Plenty of people share Clougherty’s perspective, damning the emphasis being put on online commerce.

“Wow!!!! Online shopping is killing these stores!!!” commented one Facebook user on a post of the news.

It is unclear what the store’s motivation for closing is as Gap has declined to comment on the decision.

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A grocery chain now announces an unexpected closure of three of its stores in the same county after now longer being profitable.

Maryland shoppers will have three fewer supermarkets in a single county after a popular grocery chain said it was no longer profitable to stay there, reports The-Sun.

The popular chain announced that it would be closing three locations in St. Mary’s County next month, according to Southern Maryland News Net.

Shoppers have until April 27, 2024, to pick up their favorites from the shop while employees can expect to keep working until May 10, 2024.

The closures were announced by the store’s Vice President of Operations, Jeff Bleichner.

The following three locations will be affected:

  • 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, MD 20619
  • 37670 Mohawk Drive, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
  • 40845 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Shopper’s Grocery regularly reviews the sales and profits of its stores and decided that the above three locations were not up to company standards, the VP said.

Bleicher reportedly added that the company understands that the closures will have an impact on the community and its employees but is doing what it can to ease the transition.

The grocery chain operates 57 locations in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and Washington D.C.

“Shoppers offers a full-service supermarket with everything consumers have come to expect from a grocer while never forgetting our ‘Everyday Low Warehouse Pricing’ roots,” according to its website.

The company began in 1949 as Jumbo Food Stores and became United Natural Foods in 1999.

The chain took over many former McKay’s shopping centers when that company headed out of the state.

Some store fans said they were concerned about the closures and whether the chain will survive.

In a post entitled “Is Shoppers going to make it?” on a Maryland online forum, several people posted their fears for the store.

“I was just in there. Day before Easter mid-afternoon and there were about 20 people in the store,” one person wrote.

“If you are talking about Shoppers in Charlotte Hall, I was there when it first opened and have never been back. I found them to be way expensive! The store was not crowded,” another added.

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