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Marsh closing three grocery stores in central Indiana

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Marsh Supermarkets Inc. plans to close three central Indiana stores—one each in Greenwood, Anderson and Martinsville, the Fishers-based grocery chain confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Marsh plans to shut down the Greenwood store on U.S. 31 near Smith Valley Road;  in Anderson at 831 E. 53rd St.; and in Martinsville at 285 Morton Ave.

The decision to close the stores was made after a “careful analysis” of the company’s operations, Marsh spokeswoman Connie Gardner said in an e-mail to IBJ

Gardner did not say when the stores would close and did not respond to a follow-up question regarding the timing.

The closures will leave only two Marsh stores remaining in Anderson, only one in Greenwood and none in Martinsville.

“We believe it is prudent for all good companies to continually review and evaluate their assets, processes and business plans,” Gardner said in the e-mailed statement. “In the world of retailing, competition moves in and out of our marketing areas, populations shift, retail centers grow and decline.”

While the decision to close a store is never easy, she said, “the Marsh management team is committed to improving operating results and strengthening the company’s position in our marketing areas.”

Marsh intends to grant as many employees as possible a severance package or give them the opportunity to transfer to another location, Gardner said.

Following the slated closures, Marsh will have 93 stores in Indiana and Ohio. About half of those are in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

Marsh closed another store earlier this year and three others in 2011.

In April, Marsh shut a MainStreet Market in Wabash. Marsh operates 17 MainStreet Market stores in Indiana and nine in Ohio.

In 2011, Marsh closed a store in Rushville in January and others in Shelbyville and Connersville in February.

The company is without CEO right now after Joe Kelley resigned in May. Kelley, a veteran of New York-based Price Chopper Supermarkets who took the helm at Marsh in May 2011, left to become president of the New England division of Stop & Shop, a 375-store grocery chain owned by Dutch food giant Ahold.

Marsh named Chief Operating Officer Bill Holsworth, who joined the company in 2006, as its interim CEO.

Marsh is owned by Florida-based Sun Capital Partners.
 

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  • Prices
    I am not surprised by this...and I expect more to follow. Marsh's prices are outrageous! Most items are DOUBLE the price of the competition, and the ones that are not are usually $1 - $2 higher than Kroger, Meijer, etc. They used to justify this with superior produce, but last time I went their produce looked worse than an Aldi's. As if that all wasn't bad enough, they do not have self check out lanes and usually only have one or two employees at the registers, making for insane check out times. I waited 15 minutes one time to buy 3 items. I hate to see a local business decline like this, but they are really failing on all fronts.
  • Another option
    I shop at the Mainstreet market on 31 in Franklin just down the road from the marsh at smith valley rd. Very clean and Very friendly people.
  • No surprise here!
    No surprise about the Greenwood location, that area has gone down hill! Smith Valley needs to be widened, Kmart and Marsh were never updated and as of yesterday- the Marsh had ply wood covering the broken glass on the big window. With Kroger just down the street on Worthsville & US31, Walmart & Kroger on Emerson, the other Marsh on Stones Crossing, and the Kroger, Meijer, and Target on SR135 there were many competitors.
  • Much Improved!
    It is too bad none of you have visited their store in Beech Grove. Much nicer, larger, better selection, prices and services very good.
  • Greenwood store - shoddy reply
    Regarding my previous comment on 'shoddy-looking area', I'm not referring to the entire intersection area but rather the buildings that Marsh and Kmart occupy, along with that aging parking lot. And no, I'm not comparing to north-side stores but rather nearby Krogers (US 31, Emerson & County Line), Walmart on Emerson, Target on Southport and also 135. Basically, it's the weakest supermarket in the Greenwood area, and their customer numbers seem to reflect that. I'm not rooting for Marsh demise; I think their 135 & Stones Crossing store is really nice. Just that this particular store on 31 has not been kept up over the years, and I go out of my way to shop elsewhere even though it's the closest supermarket to my house. I'd rather see Marsh completely remodel this location or tear down/rebuild a better store in the area, although the economics of this with the other supermarkets in the area might not support that.
  • Marsh
    They remodeled the one on #135 a few years ago and had a grand re-opening with Don Marsh. That company hasn't been the same since the Marsh family sold it. They may have had their problems but they ran the stores well.
  • Marsh is Expensive
    Found an item @ Marsh selling for $6.99. Found it at Meijer for $3.49. Same item, same size, exact same brand. See for yourself. Look for Biscoff spread. Your jaw will drop!
  • Beech Grove Marsh
    I lived in the Beech Grove area for 15 years. I shopped at Marsh and Kroger evenly. But that was when Marsh's prices were cheap and there Marsh brand food was good.
  • German Church
    I agree about the German Church Marsh store. That store used to be a lot busier when Don Marsh owned it. But the prices used to be cheaper too. I can shop at Walmart and Kroger a lot cheaper.
  • Greenwood Marsh
    I live near Smith Valley and 31. Sometimes I like to go pay my gas, water and electrict bill in person. I have been living in Greenwood since December. I went into Marsh at Smith Valley & Greenwood recently to pay a water bill and there was hardly anyone in the store. And a girl was rude to me and demanding that she needed to keep my gas bill. I like to keep my bills. And, they have not upgraded that Marsh since the early 90's and it used to be a nice store. But, I have also seen two ladies in their late 80's shopping in there and I am sure they live in the retirement building across the street. Now they will have to travel over to 135 to shop or go to County Line and Emerson to shop at Kroger and Walmart which is a very busy area for older people. There needs to be a decent store in the 31 and Smith Valley area, but they let that area go to pot just in the last few years. It used to be a nice shopping area. The K-Mart used to be nicer too.
  • Marsh closing
    I stopped shopping at Marsh because the prices were so much higher than other stores, even Kroger. Last week something was on sale with a big RED SALE above the product which was still much more expensive than other stores.
  • Where are the others?
    The most incredible thing here is they are not closing more. I see others that are really struggling like German Church on the east side.
    • The Marsh Family Is To Blame
      I have shopped at Marsh stores for 30 years. I prefer their meat and produce to that of any other store. At one time, there were four stores within 15 minutes of my home. Now there will be only one. Don Marsh went through money like water-- taking elaborate vacations and having a corporate jet. His kids were idiots. (I believe most people completely lose their common sense after acquiring an MBA.) It won't be long before the company is just a faint memory due to the greed and incompetence of the Marsh family.
    • Mrs. N
      Sorry to see Marsh go. It has seemed a certainty for quite a while. No repairs, bad parking lot, poor lighting...without any investment - shoppers go to a newer, brighter store. Nonetheless, it's been a life-saver more than once, since it is the only full grocery for miles.
    • you said it
      I know right? I just live down the street and am in amazement everytime I go by there. I shop at Kroger because the prices are better and the stock is overturned constantly. It's right next door to Marsh and ALWAYS busy. I thought for sure this story was about them. huh?....still waiting
    • you said it
      I know right? I just live down the street and am in amazement everytime I go by there. I shop at Kroger because the prices are better and the stock is overturned constantly. It's right next door to Marsh and ALWAYS busy. I thought for sure this story was about them. huh?....still waiting
    • Shoddy area
      Why are you happy to lose any business in this economy you will just be left with an empty building or a flea market or Mexican grocery!! Think it's shoddy now wait till it's gone!
    • Beech Grove store?
      I live just south of Beech Grove and find it amazing that the Marsh @ Thompson & Emerson has managed to stay off the chopping block. The parking lot is empty at all times and the few times I've gone inside there's hardly a customer or employee to be found. With Kroger and Walmart extremely close and offering better prices, I can't understand how that place stays open.
      • Beech Grove store?
        I live just south of Beech Grove and find it amazing that the Marsh @ Thompson & Emerson has managed to stay off the chopping block. The parking lot is empty at all times and the few times I've gone inside there's hardly a customer or employee to be found. With Kroger and Walmart extremely close and offering better prices, I can't understand how that place stays open.
      • Shoddy Area?
        Where you from, Carmel? US31 and Smith Valley is has a new Walgreens, CVS, Sprint strip mall, and a revitalized mall across the street with the new passenger bridge across SV to the park. Huh?
      • Shoddy Area?
        Where you from, Carmel? US31 and Smith Valley is has a new Walgreens, CVS, Sprint strip mall, and a revitalized mall across the street with the new passenger bridge across SV to the park. Huh?
        • Mayor Meyer Needs a Break!
          The Mayor of Greenwood is taking a beating this year. Former mayor Henderson left him with no bookkeeping only for Meyer to come in and see a $4million deficit (where did the money go Chuck?). Then the Pool Board closed the downtown pool. Now Marsh is leaving (that is the third shoe to drop I guess). No hill for a climber! HANG IN THERE MAYOR!!!! It has to get better.
        • Greenwood store - about time!
          I've lived in the area near the Greenwood store for some time and was really surprised to see it kept open so long. It's in a rather shoddy-looking area with fairly poor selection of food. I've never seen it busy. I'm not sure why they kept it open when they've closed other stores that were better. Sorry for the workers there, but good riddance to that store.

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