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Family Owned Store Closing

SOUTH MONTROSE — A friendly conversation, a smile, a little help with your groceries.

That’s the way it’s always been at Robinson’s Southtown Market in Susquehanna County.

However, in less than a week, it will be no more, Robinson’s is closing for good.

People who have been going to Robinson’s for years said this is awful for the community.

“It’s depressing, it’s like a death in the family,” said Adelia Swachamer of South Montrose.

“It’s so sad because this has been here forever, and you just expected it to be here forever,” said Shirley Warner, a customer.

Folks said they’ve been going to Robinson’s for nearly 40 years, and now that it’s closing, they said they’re not sure where they’ll go next.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do the senior citizens depended on this,” said Swackhamer.

Swachhamer said the nearest grocery store is good 15 miles away.

The owner, David Robinson said the tough economy is to blame.

“We’ve been here, family business we’ve been here for 37 and a half years and it’s just been really hard,” said David Robinson, the owner.

Robinson and his customers agree. It will be very hard to say goodbye, because at Robinson’s all the customers have become like family.

“That’s one of the great things that will be lost, personal touch, that’s coming and somebody saying hello, how you been, what’s going on?” said Allen Warner, a customer.

“That’s what this place is all about its people, they aren’t customers going through the door, they’re our extended family members, and we truly feel that way,” said Robinson.

Robinson’s closes its doors the day before Thanksgiving.

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