Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lebanon Shops Foodland Is Closing

I know that this store is technically in Castle Shannon, but since it has been used by Mt. Lebanon residents for over 32 years, I thought it would be appropriate to mention their closing here. The cashier I spoke with said that they were not told why the store was closing. Has anyone heard anything?

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Blogger tjgchg said...

Hi, this store actually is in Mt. Lebo (zip 15234)...good old Lebanon Shops! This store used to be a Kroger when I was small (60's). Carol Gordon

May 12, 2010 12:38 AM  
Blogger Joe Polk said...

Carol -- The store is in Castle Shannon, not Mt. Lebanon. That zip code is shared between Mt. Lebanon and Castle Shannon, but the store itself (and the rest of the Lebanon Shops) is in Castle Shannon.

May 12, 2010 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Matt Hausmann said...

Maybe it is closing because it is incredibly dirty and woefully outdated?

The grocery industry has changed greatly since this store opened, but they haven't kept up.

May 12, 2010 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Kim Ressler said...

The owner has chosen to devote his energy and money to his other store, the nearby Shop 'n Save. I didn't spend a lot of money there on each trip, but it certainly was convenient for picking up just a few items. There certaily must be a lot of disappointed senior citizens.

May 12, 2010 12:34 PM  
Anonymous eric p said...

To start, the store is located in Castle Shannon, just over the border of Mt. Lebanon. The border lines run strangely in that area. The T stop across from the store I believe is Mt. Lebanon but the store is in Castle Shannon. The border lines are around the McDonald's up the street. The Car wash across the street as well as the Wendy's are also in Shannon

I used to work there from 1984 to 1986 and from 1993 to 2005 and know that business was not good. Many senior citizens enjoyed that store and my wife and I enjoyed the meat values we got there, i.e. when meat was about to go bad and the last date of sale came up, instead of throwing it, a day or two before the last day of sale, they would reduce it by as much as 50% off to get rid of it and we took advantage of this and bought what was reduced in bulke and froze it. Too bad those days will be gone. I enjoyed working at this store for the most part, friendly employees and friendly customers. Management could be strange at times though. Two managers literally died while they worked there, Marty Rini and Cindy Jazenak. I will miss that store. Will be interesting to see what comes in there next.

I too heard the story of Krogers and heard the story of the great fire of February, 1977 and how the fire destroyed the entire shopping center.

May 12, 2010 1:26 PM  
Anonymous David Brown said...

I remember back in the 60s my mother took us shopping there. We got four shopping carts of food and it set a store record for the time (over $100!). They called the manager and he came out to shake her hand.

May 12, 2010 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the things I like about this Foodland is that it doesn't force you to deal with a floral section filled with pesticide-laden flowers to get to the food.

Matt, what is it about it being "outdated" that makes it less desirable as a grocery store? The state of the dirty floors, though, definitely a turn-off -- but I don't recall ever being knocked out by any sickening pesticide applications as with some of the local newer grocery stores.

I'll miss this Foodland; it was always good for quickly picking up provisions and not having to deal with a lot of needless fluff.
--Pam Scott

May 12, 2010 9:40 PM  

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