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Manomet to lose its only supermarket

By John Laidler Globe Correspondent 

The pending closure of the Stop & Shop supermarket in Manomet is upsetting local residents, as it will leave the seaside village in Plymouth without a grocery store.

Stop & Shop said in a statement last week that it plans to close the store on State Road, or Route 3A, in early December.

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“Everyone is disappointed,” said Larry Gay, a longtime Manomet resident and local real estate agent who is a former member of the Plymouth School Committee.

When Stop & Shop closes, Gay said, the closest supermarket to Manomet will be a Shaw’s 8 miles south in Cedarville and a Stop & Shop 9 miles north in Plymouth center. Other supermarkets farther away include a Shaw’s and a Market Basket in the center and a Market Basket in Sagamore.

There is also a food market in The Pinehills, about 5 miles from Manomet, but Gay said it is not a supermarket.

“It’s going to be particularly hard for elderly people,” he said, noting that while they will still be able to pick up a loaf of bread at one of the three convenience stores in the village, “there will be nowhere to get vegetables, fruit, or meat.

“Stop & Shop wasn’t that big, but at least they could get everything there that they needed,” he said.

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In its announcement, Stop & Shop said the Manomet store “is an older facility with only 25,610 total square feet and cannot be expanded with new amenities for customers.”

“It’s never an easy decision to close a store, but this decision was made as a result of an ongoing assessment of our store fleet,” Mark McGowan, the company president, said in a statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause and encourage our customers to shop at our Plymouth store located at 127 Samoset Street.”

Full- and part-time store employees at the Manomet location “will be transferred to other Stop & Shop stores in the area,” the company said.

Kenneth Tavares, chairman of the Plymouth Board of Selectmen, said the board is aware of the pending closure.

“It’s sad that a grocery store in the middle of Manomet village is closing, but it’s a corporate decision,” he said, adding that he is hopeful another grocery store might be attracted to the soon-to-be-vacant site.

“It’s a great location for a market, and we certainly think someone would think so and go in and make a success of it,” he said.

James English, a lifelong Manomet resident who lives a short distance from the Stop & Shop, said the store has operated at the site for about 30 years. Before that, an Angelo’s supermarket and later a Purity Supreme occupied the site.

“I don’t think it’s the end of the world,” English said of Stop & Shop’s closing, noting that he tends to do his major grocery shopping at larger supermarkets in the region. But he said he is sorry to see it go.

“For the convenience, I will certainly miss it,” he said.


John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.