Main Street grocery store closing Nov. 1, inventory sale starts Oct. 20

ANDOVER — Maier’s Market in Andover will be closing its doors effective Friday, Nov. 1, owner Dawn Niedermaier told The Spectator.

The closing sale at the local BigM Grocery Store will begin Sunday, Oct. 20 with prices on items throughout the store marked down to clear inventory.

Niedermaier said she alerted her employees of the impending closure this week. Maier’s Market employs 20, including five full-time employees who have been with Niedermaier since she opened the store 19 years ago.

“They are great employees,” Niedermaier said. “I have to thank my full-time employees that have been here since the beginning and made this operation work.”

Niedermaier said the changing economic landscape of Andover and Allegany County necessitated the closure. A new Dollar General opened around the corner at 46 E. Chestnut St. in August, and the impact was quickly felt at Maier’s Market on Main Street.

“We just don’t have enough shoppers to support three stores in Andover,” Niedermaier said. “The economy isn’t great and people are moving out of the area. There’s many factors, from the increasing minimum wage to all the regulations from the state right down to local government property taxes. The decision has to be made.”

Maier’s Market has been listed for sale as an operating business for months, but no buyer emerged. The closure of the Main Street market is reversal of a recent trend in Andover, which has seen a number of local storefronts fill up with a variety of niche businesses.

Niedermaier said the economic uncertainty at major manufacturing employers in neighboring Wellsville was another challenge for the market.

“It has affected all of us. Just in the past month a few families have moved out of Andover,” she said. “With the population declining, Dollar General really made things worse for us.”

Signage in the store will go up marking the Oct. 20 closing sale. Niedermaier thanked the community for its support over nearly two decades in business on Main Street Andover.

“I would like to thank all my customers for all their support,” she said. “We wouldn’t have kept the doors open this long if it wasn’t for our loyal customers.”