Thursday, July 13, 2017

Too little too late: Brennan's parking lot mostly full on day of closing announcement

In the middle of the afternoon.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Increasing competition, flat sales leads Brennan's Market to close all of its stores.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/12/2017)
In 1967, Skip Brennan borrowed $10,000 from a bank to open a store in a Quonset hut on University Avenue in Madison. The structure and a neighboring drive-in, Dog ‘n Suds, were torn down in 1970 to make way for the existing store. He opened the company’s third store on Madison’s North Side in 1975; it closed in 2008. A fourth was added in Brookfield in 1988, after he was offered land on Bluemound Road from Madison-based car dealer John Zimbrick.

My wife and I have shopped here since moving to Middleton in 1986.  The Madison store has always featured outstanding produce -- oranges and peaches (in season), in particular.   We'll certainly miss Brennan's, but just like when Johannsen's Greenhouses closed in 2013, we'll move on.

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