“Going Out of Business” it’s a sign of the times. The latest Orange business to close its doors has been a staple in the community for 42 years. Due to a lack of business, the Racebrook Market is closing on Saturday Aug. 9, just 10 days shy of its two-year anniversary under the ownership of Jim and Nancy Nahas.
Jim and Nancy are originally from New London and settled in West Haven. They bought the neighborhood market and opened it up on Aug. 19, 2009.
Under their ownership, they had a maximum of nine employees, but now, they are down to five.
Among them is Stanley Danelski who’s worked at the Market since 1969 when he was 24 years old.
He learned the business and got to know the community in this one job that he loved, but now, at 66, he will be out looking for work.
The Nahas’ tried to be good neighbors while in Orange. They supported Little League, the seniors and schools and gave to town fund-raisers.
In a town of about 5,000 households, they only had 50 regular local customers.
They said they feel bad leaving the loyal customers without a neighborhood meat market. “We just had a lack of support from the residents in town.”
As they prepare to shut down, the shelves are nearly empty, but everything must go.
They are selling Deli meats and dry goods at 50% off and any size beverages for $1.