Superfresh market on Cuthbert Boulevard will close in January, a store corporate official said Wednesday.
"As part of an ongoing review of our store footprint, A&P will close three underperforming Superfresh stores in Westmont, NJ, Marlton and Plainsboro, on Jan. 11, 2013," Marcy Connor, a corporate spokeswoman, said in a statement.
"We notified our union partners on Nov. 9 and began notifying associates on Nov. 12. While this is a very difficult circumstance for our associates, customers, partners and the local communities, we remain focused on providing great value and service to our customers that shop in these stores."
The news came as a shock to many, including employees and loyal shoppers.
"I think it's terrible," said Jean Leusner, 79, a retired legal secretary from Audubon as she loaded groceries into her car outside the market Wednesday evening. "I'm heartbroken. The clerks here are nice people. They're like family to me."
Ted Callinan, 38, a teacher at Timber Creek High School in Gloucester Township and a Haddon Township resident, was surprised when he heard the store was closing.
"My kids are in a daycare center in this plaza," he said, clutching a jar of jelly he had just bought. "That's why I come here, it's convenient. I can get in and out."
Superfresh anchors the Westmont Plaza shopping center at Cuthbert and MacArthur boulevards. The closure would leave two supermarkets in Haddon Township: Acme on Cuthbert Boulevard and Thriftway on Crystal Lake Avenue.