MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH)– Thursday morning, customers and employees came to the Best Market and found out it was closed. A sign hanging on several windows announces the closing and thanks customers for their patronage and support.
“This is awful,” said Fran Ponton. “They have just the most marvelous produce, friendliest people.”
The Best Market was indeed the best to Ponton and many others in Montville.
“It’s a small enough store where you don’t have to walk three miles to get a bottle of milk,” said Ponton.
Now the market many say brought the Route 32 plaza back to life has closed without warning. Workers say it’s because the owners had wanted to buy the plaza and it didn’t work out.
“It’s really sad,” said Laura Tompkins of Uncasville. “I mean, it would have been nice if there would have been some kind of announcement, and I know a lot of people around here depend on it.”
Heather Brown’s stepson worked there.
“He would have walked down here and found out it was closed and had to turn back and come home,” said Brown.
She found out the store had closed through Facebook.
“He has like another week or so that he should be getting paid,” said Brown. “What does he have to do to get that and what about all these poor workers have to do because they’re all out of jobs now.”
She says he didn’t even get a call telling him he was out of a job.
No one answered our knocks on the locked doors, but we could see people clearing the shelves inside the store. Several cars in the parking lot have New York license plates, which is where the corporate headquarters are located. We called the headquarters in Bethpage on Long Island, looking for answers. After we left a message, Brown’s stepson, Jeffrey, got a call saying he could pick up his last two checks at the store and can apply for unemployment.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Ponton. “I hope they’ll reopen.”