MONESSEN, Pa., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The independently owned Giant Eagle store in Monessen will cease operations effective June 27, 1998, due to economic losses in recent years, weak sales and competition from other supermarkets and national discount chains in surrounding areas, store owner Gene DeMaro announced today. DeMaro began notifying his employees last night. "This was a tough decision for me because I did everything possible over the past 11 years in an attempt to improve the store and turn the business around," said DeMaro, who acquired the Monessen store in 1987. "Unfortunately, the store was struggling to survive and its losses mounted over the past several years, leaving me with no choice." DeMaro renovated and remodeled the Monessen store several times, most recently in 1997, in an effort to attract more customers. The store was expanded by 50 percent in a major remodeling in 1994, he said. Several other Giant Eagle supermarkets are just a short drive from the Monessen location and customers will be able to access public transportation to meet their future shopping needs, DeMaro noted. The Monessen store at 301 East Donner Avenue has 14 full-time employees and 42 part-time employees. "I will be reaching out to other Giant Eagle stores in the area in an effort to help identify potential opportunities for my employees," DeMaro said. "I want to make this difficult transition period as smooth as possible for them."
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