A family-run Shop ’n Save in New Kensington is closing after about a decade in the city.
The grocery store in the Central City Plaza will close its doors for good April 30.
Co-owner Lauren Beter of New Kensington said the move is due to decreased sales the past few years, and not because of the covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s bittersweet because it’s not something that we necessarily wanted to do,” she said. “It wasn’t the path we started down on, but we weren’t able to make it work. Our lease is coming up, and we wrestled with renewing it for five years and couldn’t take the chance. It has nothing to do with the coronavirus. It’s just an awful coincidence.”
She said big box retailers like Walmart and other competitors have made it a very expensive challenge for mom-and-pop shops.
The New Kensington grocer was previously owned by Beter’s parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Beter of Lower Burrell.
Lauren and her brother, Elliot Beter, took ownership of it about five years ago.