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."
SOURCE Giant Eagle