Town Says Good Bye to Racebrook Market

The bad economy and lack of local support forces another business to close its doors.

“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.

Brad Marcus August 07, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Anyone can pinpoint things a business did wrong, but the sad fact is that Orange is losing another independant business. I shopped at Racebrook once, I liked what I got, but never went back. I wish the employees and the Naha's the best of luck. It's a tough time to be out of work and hope they all find something else quickly.
Marty Stofik August 07, 2011 at 11:25 PM
I am very sad to see Racebrook Market and the Nahas leaving Orange. The place wasn't fancy, but it was clean. Their meats were top quality, and Jim always would custom cut whatever you wanted at prices comparable to the supermarket chains. They had fresh (really fresh!) turkeys at Thanksgiving, fresh goose at Christmas, ready-to-eat specialties that were excellent. Their marketing skills were lacking, but I hate to see Orange lose another independent business and a valuable local resource.
Susie Q August 12, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Jim and Nancy leaving the Town of Orange is just a shame. We should be embarrassed and ashamed to have good people, who believed that much in a town that wasn't even their own home town, to support its people, to have great (The Best!) meats and different products we will not get again, closing down due to lack of support. I am stopping here because I just erased two full paragraphs that I had continued on with but couldn't hit the send button. I, for one, will miss Jim and Nancy, the independent grocer/butcher/friends more than I can say. Good luck in whatever you do Jim, Nancy. And any negativity you experience right now, just remember, there are grouchy, nasty people everywhere, just ignore them because they are not worth it.
BillL D September 14, 2011 at 04:20 PM
This was a wonderful store with great meats and prepared foods at a fair price. I really miss the store, and their employees. Bill D
Kevin D October 08, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Yeah the meats here were outstanding and I tried to support them. Unfortunately I was turned away several times when they were out of the meats I wanted. I wish it had been run better because I did love the products. I do wish the Naha's the best of luck, they were always nice and very friendly whenever I went there.


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