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Citing changing consumer habits and increased competition, Brennan's Market announced Tuesday it will close all stores on Sept. 30. 

 

Brennan's Market, which has about 150 part- and full-time employees, has five stores in Wisconsin, including at 19000 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield and 1670 Old School House Road in Oconomowoc, according to a news release.

The grocery store is known for buying quality and artisanal foods and buying directly from producers. According to the news release, staff for decades traveled across the country and to Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Canada to inspect facilities and meet with producers.

"Although we're all saddened by the decision to close our doors later this year, we are sincerely grateful for the generations of loyal customers and our incredible partners," Tim Culhane, owner of Brennan's, said in the release. 

The stores will remain fully stocked until Sept. 30, the release said.

Brennan's was founded in 1942 by Frank Brennan as a roadside fruit stand in Monroe, a city about 45 miles southwest of Madison, according to the release. He eventually opened the five brick-and-mortar stores, which include the original in Monroe and two in Madison. It also owns a cheese warehouse and packaging plant in New Glarus. 

The Brookfield store opened in 1988, according to company spokesman Wayne Glowac. The Oconomowoc store opened in 2009. 

The Oconomowoc location served as a retail anchor in Pabst Farms, with restaurants such as Jimmy John's and Qdoba opening in the plaza since 2009. A U.S. Bank and eye doctor's office are also in the plaza. 

A new retail building will open in the plaza at the end of the summer, and a Firestone Complete Auto Care shop is expected to begin construction there soon.

 

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