Main Street Market in Franklin to close

The Main Street Market in Franklin will close by month’s end, the company announced today.

Marsh Supermarkets of Indianapolis said via a news release that the closing of eight stores is part of a three-year plan to reposition Marsh Supermarkets for growth and profitability.

The Franklin store, located in the Laynecrest Shopping Center on East Second Street, is the only Ohio store being shuttered; the other seven stores are in Indiana.

Connie Gardner, senior director of community relations for Marsh Supermarkets, told the Journal-News the company was dropping the Main Street Market brand to rebrand to Marsh.

Declining customer bases and, in some cases, expiring leases were factors in the store closings, according to the news release.

Gardner could not say how many employees would be affected by the store closing in Franklin.

Marsh will work with employees affected by the closures, and some may be placed in other positions within the company. If that is not possible, those employees will receive a severance package, according to the company.

A manager at the Franklin store declined to comment on the closing and referred all questions to Marsh’s corporate offices.

Franklin City Manager Sonny Lewis said he was unaware of the impending closing until contacted by the Journal-News for comment.

“It’s not a good thing when you lose a grocery store,” he said. “But I think it would be an opportunity for someone else to open one.”

In 2013, Marsh closed a Main Street Market in Hamilton and Fairfield. The company still operates a Marsh Supermarket on University Boulevard in Middletown and Plaza Drive in Hamilton.

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