Brennan's Market to close all stores in September

Closing all five locations
Brennan's Market to close all stores in September
Posted at 12:26 PM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 13:26:45-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A grocery store chain with roots in Wisconsin says it can no longer compete in today's market and will close all of its stores.

Brennan's Markets officials tell the Wisconsin State Journal that its five stores and its New Glarus production facility will close on Sept. 30. It will bring an end to the Monroe-based company's 75 year run and leave 150 people without jobs.

The company says business never recovered from the 2008 recession "and sales remained flat."

The company began in 1942 when Frank Brennan opened up a fruit stand in Monroe. He later added cheese to the stand. The company grew into its current form in 1967 when Brennan's son, Skip Brennan, borrowed $10,000 from a bank to open a store in Madison.