‘Pie got smaller’: Alpena grocery closes after 37 years – Beaumont Enterprise


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ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — A grocery store that served a Michigan community for nearly 40 years has closed.

Neiman’s Family Market in Alpena closed Tuesday, a victim of competition, population loss and other factors in the northern Lower Peninsula, president Bryan Neiman said.

“The pie got smaller and smaller, and we just couldn’t continue to operate the store profitably here,” Neiman, son of founder Hal Neiman, told The Alpena News.


“The online shopping, the other things that affected us, really just all caught up with us during the pandemic,” he said.

The store opened in 1983. An employee, Brenda Donajkowski, was working the cash register on the last day.

“It’s kind of like a family,” she said. “You come every day, and, all of a sudden, you’re going to get up and not see these people in the morning.”



Neiman’s has other stores that remain open in Tawas City, Clarkston and St. Clair.



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