Holbrook residents who want to go grocery shopping will soon have to leave town to get their fill.

Stop & Shop, the town’s only supermarket, announced this week that they would be shuttering their South Franklin Street store on or possibly before Dec. 7.

“It certainly will be an inconvenience. Hopefully we’ll work to see if we can attract another supermarket at that location or possibly at another location. But for now, residents will have to go elsewhere to do their grocery shopping,” said Holbrook Town Administrator William Phelan.

“The size of the store was not large and there was not a terrible amount of investment into the store over the years so I’m not sure this came as a great surprise,” he said.

According to Stop & Shop spokeswoman Lindsay Hawley, the store has 94 employees. She said the workers would be offered positions at other locations.

The reason for the closing, Hawley said, was that they felt they could continue to serve the Holbrook community with stores in surrounding locations such as Brockton, Braintree and Stoughton.

Phelan said many residents already shop at supermarkets in other towns.

“It’s on one end of the town, and many of the residents that don’t live in Brookville, which is a neighborhood in Holbrook, shop elsewhere,” he said.

Hawley said the store would continue to offer holiday products such as meat, produce, baked goods and spices to help customers prepare for Thanksgiving.

Benjamin Paulin may be reached at bpaulin@enterprisenews.com.

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