Cumberland Times-News

Latest news

July 2, 2013

Downtown grocery closes

CUMBERLAND — The Mor For Less grocery store on Queen City Drive is closed, apparently permanently. A sign on the locked doors offered an explanation of the closure.

“To our valued customers, unfortunately we were unable to renew our lease at this location and have closed our doors,” said the sign, which was signed “Management.”

What appeared to be butcher paper covered the glass doors and windows, obscuring any chance to see what was going on inside. Kim Harper and Joe Femi had planned to shop for some chicken to barbecue Tuesday afternoon and were surprised to find the store closed.

“It’s sad,” said Femi. Harper said they often came from Frostburg to shop at the store. The store was heavily used by older citizens and downtown residents without cars and had a steady stream of taxi traffic dropping off or picking up shoppers.

A staff member did answer the phone at the Queen City location but did not want to give her name for comment. Employees just found out about the closure Tuesday morning, she said. “All I know is the store is closed,” she said. Attempts to reach a manager were unsuccessful.

According to the sign, some employees may find work at the grocery’s other Cumberland location.

“We appreciate your business over the years and hope to see you at our White Oaks location where you will see many familiar employees from this location,” the sign read.

Mayor Brian Grim was concerned about the closure. “It is alarming not only because of the closure of a store downtown .. .but the inability to work out a lease,” Grim said. Grim said the city would not typically be involved in lease negotiations between private entities.

The plaza in which Mor For Less was located is owned by Cumberland Plaza Associates, located in Pittsburgh. A contact for the company could not be reached before deadline.

Calls to Mor For Less corporate offices requesting comment were not returned.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Latest news
Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads
NDN Video
CDC Director Warns Of A World Where Antibiotics No Longer Work Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'
NDN Video
CDC Director Warns Of A World Where Antibiotics No Longer Work Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'