Murphy’s Market recently announced that they will be closing one of their stores located at Taunton Forge in Medford, New Jersey. The owners of the supermarket made it clear how upset they are about having to close this location, but unfortunately, it has become necessary.
Murphy’s Marketplace supermarket stores still have other locations, including in Camden County, Waterford, and Long Beach Island. The employees of the stores are already being offered positions at other locations if they choose to take them. The store closing occurred on Saturday, April 19th with shoppers being informed their store is closing when they arrive at the store, as well as on the Murphy’s Marketplace website.
News about the closing of the store was explained in a press release, where management from the store had this to say, as was reported on the Burlington County Times website:
“Owner of Murphy’s Marketplace, Ron Murphy, has always been committed to maintaining an active and sincere interest within the community. With Ron’s anticipation and contributions he’s been able to ensure the community that he does not take them or their patronage for granted. The Murphy’s at the Forge location served as a prime example of this.”
The press release announcement goes on to say that Ron has worked with the community for many years, trying diligently to remain in this location. However, they were unable to come up with reasonable terms with the building’s landlord, causing them to close their doors. They are still happy to provide nearby areas in Medford opportunities for shopping at their other Murphy’s Market locations, including Murphy’s at the Lakes, Murphy’s at the Pines, Murphy’s of Atco, and Murphy’s LBI.
The shopping center where Murphy’s Market was once placed is run by Legend Properties, and have been struggling for a while to keep other businesses in the Village of Taunton Forge Plaza. They have lost several supermarkets and small retailers, including Shop Rite, which was taken over by Murphy’s in 1996. Drivers are unable to see that the supermarket is in the shopping center, which is blocked by large trees at both entrances, and lacks sufficient signage to announce their presence.
Another business owner, Angela Cocivera, has moved from the Taunton Forge location to Main Street in Medford and is happy with her move. Angela moved her business, Girl Friends, at the end of 2012 and is very happy with her new location.
As for the Murphy’s Market store, their announcement also appeared on Facebook, and customers were upset about the closing of the store. They tried to get a petition started, but the closing was coming up too quickly and they had already started bringing down window signs and posters. They still want to remain a presence in their community, providing family-friendly supermarkets in other New Jersey locations.
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