Sackets Harbor's Only Grocery Store To Close For GoodPosted: Updated:
After 23 years, Harbor Market, the only grocery store in Sackets Harbor, will be closing.
The Jefferson Rehabilitation Center operates the store through DOHL Development.
The market was founded in the late 80s as a place for disabled workers to gain vocational skills.
Officials say the market had been operating at a loss of over $70,000 a year.
"It's closing because it's losing a tremendous amount of money. Previously, we were able to cover those losses with other parts of our business," said Howard Ganter, executive director of the Jefferson Rehabilitation Center.
Ganter said that the recent opening of the Dollar General on County Route 75 took enough of their customer base to further justify the closing of Harbor Market."
"Things have happened over the years, so minimum wage has had a significant impact. When Nice & Easy opened up by Sackets that also took away part of our base for the milk and the bread and those kinds of things. And then the Dollar Store really was a death knoll, it took away a lot of the customer base," said Ganter.
But the customers and employees who remain are notably saddened by the news of the store's closing.
"I'm disappointed. I think a lot of people are disappointed. The convenience was exceptional," said Kevin Smith, customer.
"I've been here 18 and a half years and I'm sad that it's closing, but I understand the decision that was made," said Tamara Draper, Harbor Market operations manager.
The store will close for good by the end of the month.