Brach’s, a kosher grocery store in Lawrence, is slated to close this spring, resulting in 127 employees facing layoffs, according to a state regulatory filing, Newsday reports.
The 40,000-square-foot store at 11 Lawrence Lane is scheduled to close by May 1, after operating for nearly two decades.
The layoffs are scheduled for the same time, according to the notice, posted Monday.
For months, shoppers have noticed empty shelves and encountered employees who declined comment when asked if the store was going out of business, the Jewish Star reports. Last year, Brach’s sold its original store, on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills, to its across-the-street competitor, Wasserman’s Kosher Supermarket.
The closing comes as Brach’s Five Towns competitors were mounting major expansions in and beyond Long Island. Seasons, which in 2015 opened a 24/6 “Express” location near the Inwood LIRR station, is expanding its Scarsdale store into a large space formerly occupied by Gristedes and is opening major outposts in Baltimore, Cleveland, Lakewood and Passaic. Gourmet Glatt recently opened stores in Woodmere and Lakewood. In Far Rockaway, Kosher World Supermarket was acquired last month by Frankels Kosher Market of Williamsburg.