O’Malia’s store on south side closing in November

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The O’Malia’s Food Market on South Meridian Street is set to close Nov. 5, leaving just one remaining store to carry on the once-popular local grocer's name.

A spokesman for parent company Marsh Supermarkets Inc. in Fishers did not respond to messages Monday morning, but an employee of the store just north of County Line Road verified the closing.

Once the grocery turns out the lights, the lone remaining O’Malia’s will be at East 126th Street and Gray Road in Carmel, which opened in 1970.

The homegrown O’Malia’s chain, which was founded by Joe O'Malia in 1966, had eight stores when Marsh acquired it in 2001. The new owner converted some of the stores, including one downtown at 320 N. New Jersey St., into Marsh locations.

Since 2009, Marsh has closed O’Malia’s locations at 56th and Emerson Avenue, North Meridian Street in Carmel and College Mall Road in Bloomington.

Marsh is controlled by Florida-based Sun Capital Partners, which bought the local grocery chain in a 2006 deal valued at $325 million including debt.

Frank Swiss, principal broker at Swissco Real Estate, said he’s not surprised by the closing of the O’Malia’s on South Meridian Street, given that Marsh provides the store “no advertising and no branding.”

The store previously operated under the Mr. D’s banner. Marsh purchased three Mr. D’s Fresh Food Markets in 2003 and converted them into O’Malia’s.

The nearest grocery stores to the O’Malia’s on South Meridian are a SuperTarget and a Walmart at State Road 135 and Smith Valley Road, a Meijer near State Road 135 and West Main Street, and a remodeled Kroger at State Road 135 and Meridian Park Drive, all in Greenwood.

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