The Acme Market, located at 176 East Main St., will be closing on Dec. 4. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

MANASQUAN — The ACME supermarket on East Main Street, a fixture in the Manasquan community for 80 years, will be closing this December, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

According to Dana Ward, communications and public affairs manager for the ACME chain, an announcement was made to its employees on Friday that the store would close effective Dec. 4.

“It’s never an easy decision to decide to close a store. In a perfect world we would keep all of our stores open,” Ms. Ward said. She added, however, that closing the store was a real estate decision.

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“We just couldn’t come to terms on a new lease and it just made more sense for us to get out at this time,” she said. “It just makes the most sense for us to take the resources that we had to our existing stores as well as look at new locations around the area going forward.”

The 19,200-square-foot store, located at 176 East Main St., is leased and managed by Levin Management Corporation.

“ACME’s lease at 176 E. Main Street is set to expire in early 2021, and we have been notified that the grocer does not plan to renew its commitment. Our leasing team is actively marketing the space, with the objective to fill it with a new tenant that will be a welcomed addition for the community,” Levin Management Corporation said in a statement to The Coast Star.

Mayor Ed Donovan also weighed in on the closing of the store, stating that it would be “a great loss for Manasquan.”

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