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The End Of Beechwood Supermarket?

Beechwood Supermarket is closed, but for good?

Unfortunately the answer is not forthcoming. Owner Kevin Scanlon declined to comment. His family has worked the Huntington Center store since 1939. 

An official from the Shelton Economic Development Corporation was not immediately available for comment.

It's not the only independent supermarket to close recently. In Trumbull, Porricelli's shut its doors in March. Its two Greenwich branches closed before that.

What should replace Beechwood if it's closed for good?
Mark Holden August 26, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I'm sorry to hear this. Beechwood had the best meat around.
Angela Vuolo August 26, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I'm not sorry that Beechwood closed. Shelton(Huntington) needs an upscale market. Porricelli"s might be the answer. They are a great family run upscale establishment. Shopping and quality was always superior.
Angela Vuolo August 26, 2013 at 04:40 PM
DeCiccio Supermarket based basically in Westchester County, NY is an outstanding market for quality and service, I hope we get a good replacement for Beechwood.
Lynn Todd Reid August 27, 2013 at 07:49 AM
It's the fault of our current administration and the problems of ALL small business owners. Big Box stores have "eaten" the American Free Enterprise system of encouraging independent entrepreneurial opportunities. It the end of an era and a SHAME.
Colleen K. Peltomaa August 27, 2013 at 08:40 AM
How about an organic produce market?
lizr1102 August 27, 2013 at 09:34 AM
A Fairway Market would do great there and I think the community would support it well. I agree we need a quality store with an outstanding seafood department!
Colleen K. Peltomaa August 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Good to see everyone postulating "the best" market for that location.
lois aginsky August 27, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Nice to see a natural food store come in!
Tricia Marini August 27, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Trader Joes?? I wonder if it is big enough?
Mark Mitchell August 30, 2013 at 12:49 AM
If Beechwood closes it's doors permanently, why is it that you are all assuming that the property owner will automatically look for a grocery store just to make all of us happy. Unfortunately that's not the way things always go. I'm hoping Beechwood fixes their problem and will continue serving Shelton, but it seems like quite a few of you are already looking for a new replacement when the corpse isn't even cold!
Colleen K. Peltomaa August 30, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Mark, you bring up a good point, and why exactly is the market closing. Lack of interest? Poor management? Poor location?
Janet Ventriglia August 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM
I think all of the above is true. The closing was a long time coming. the owner tried to give a country hometown feel to the business and it never worked. it was never well maintained nor managed well. sometimes we need to look to others for advice on growing or keeping a business . I hope a market re opens with a better plan to serve the community.
Russel choate September 03, 2013 at 11:05 AM
BeechWood offered many things, I think a discussion here about why customers specifically stopped shopping at Beechwood may be of value to the next business that takes over the location. Prices higher, could have been cleaner, refrigerators seemed too warm. I think they did a decent job, we went there for over 40 years, but apparently not enough
Colleen K. Peltomaa September 03, 2013 at 11:20 AM
I had some attention on their shortened hours so I made a conscious decision to drive further to StopNShop or ShopRite. I purchase mostly fruits and vegetables, plus some eggs, chicken, so fresh good quality produce is important to me.
Joan Marie Oliveau Shepherd September 04, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Sad news to hear...I spent several years during high school 1973 - 1975, ringing up groceries, working 'the booth', stocking the candy orders, cleaning the produce case on Saturdays...remembering some of the folks crossing my path...Bob, Pauline, Louise, Debbie, Kathy, Rose, Melinda, Nancy, Lisa, Tommy, Spike, Jeff, Richie, (another Jeff and Tommy) ...unloading, trucks, inventories for cigarettes, The Meat Room Ladies and Gents, the Pepsi Soda Guys, The Arnold Bakery delivery man, the 'purple ink' metal price stampers...click, click, click...I thought through alot of 'high school life issues' while stocking the shelves with Jello, cleaning the produce cases, weighing produce on Saturday afternoon shifts, checking for soon-to-be outdated dairy products... I left the area in 1977, but the memories have stayed fresh...did not stay in touch with the many people who were a part of my world for so much time during the week...but their touch on my life has remained...I haven't named them all, I realize this...I don't have my journals readily available to be sure I have the names/spelling right... but the Theodos Ladies (Mom, and two daughters) were a part of that too...I always wondered what it was like for them, being part of the family who owned a business that was such a integral part of our town's life... Thank you Beechwood, the memories are treasures...I learned so much in my very first job...I always felt that my work efforts were appreciated as an important part of the big picture...and I can still hear the rustle of the sheets of paper as Bob (Scanlon) would come down/out from the office and hang the 'new ads' for the week...the painted signs...in the plate glass windows...with the unlit Swisher Sweet in his teeth =) There was a relationship with the community back in those days... it was good...
Joan Marie Oliveau Shepherd September 04, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Mary, Margaret, Vinny, Kurt, too...several more...memory stirring, hard with out my 'visual' reminders in the notebook... =)
06484 September 10, 2013 at 02:07 PM
To Mark - I think the corpse has been cold for quite a while. It was blatantly obvious there was no management talent there. Their phone has been disconnected and their website has been pulled down. If this guy were smart, he would delete his Facebook account too. Most of the posts there are indicative of the underlying "lacking" that led to their demise. P.S. If you are an English/Grammer teacher, don't read the Facebook posts. It will make you cringe.

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