Wisconsin grocery store chain to close

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials of a grocery store chain with roots in Wisconsin say it'll close its five stores because it can no longer compete in today's market.

Brennan's Market officials tell the Wisconsin State Journal that it will also close its New Glarus production facility on Sept. 30. It will bring an end to the Monroe-based company's 75 year run and leave 150 people without jobs.

The company says business never recovered from the 2008 recession "and sales remained flat."

The company began in 1942 when Frank Brennan opened up a fruit stand in Monroe. He later added cheese to the stand. The company grew into its current form in 1967 when Brennan's son, Skip Brennan, borrowed $10,000 from a bank to open a store in Madison.

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