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Spencer’s only grocery store closing again



Andy Cveykus thought he could compete with Marshfield’s large grocery outlets by keeping prices competitive and by offering amenities such as a high-quality meat department. In the end, it just wasn’t enough.
Cveykus’ Great Lakes Fresh Market on Highway 13 on the south end of Spencer will shut down by April 20, marking the third time in the last 10 years that the store will go vacant. Try as he might, Cveykus just wasn’t able to keep local shoppers at home when they’re driving to Marshfield anyway for work.
“People shop the town they work in and that’s what we’re battling,” Cveykus said this week as his store sells off its inventory at a 25 percent markdown. “We regret to announce we’re closing due to the economy of the grocery industry and people’s shopping patterns.”
Cveykus reopened the Spencer store under the Great Lakes Fresh Market name on Feb. 21, 2018. It had been closed since the previous August, when Gordy’s Market abruptly closed its Spencer location, among others. Cveykus worked through legal channels to lease the building after several Gordy’s properties went through a receivership process, and he bought the store’s equipment at auction. By last winter, he was ready to open again, with hopes that a new supplier and an expanded product line would bring customers back.
It didn’t.

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