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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.

Scott Spaziani August 05, 2011 at 07:05 PM
@Tom K. The meat at Racebrook was always fantastic and fairly priced. Sure, it looked like a dump but the deli was always clean and well organized with people willing to help. I don't know how you can come in here and laugh at a group of people who will be out looking for work in this horrible economy. Frankly, I don't know how you can look at yourself in the mirror. You represent everything wrong with Orange; an isolationist, and thickheaded group of reactionaries that would rather live under the illusions that they are a small farming community instead of helping to utilize the prime location between Milford and New Haven to create a economic powerhouse. Go back into your illusions and get off my internet, the don't have computers in small towns either.
Scott Spaziani August 05, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Even if this was all true, I don't know why you're going in there and watching how well they clean, that doesn't mean you can celebrate people losing their jobs. I'm also not surprised that you shop at Costco and Sams, the classic Orange citizens lack of respect for small business, but some people want to run in and buy food for a meal; not a month. I'm also not sure what a "good at" is or why I would have one.
Tom K August 06, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Its funny - those pictures look the same dump that place has alway been. Secondary title should read "Total business owner Incompetance forces another business to close its doors." Go ahead, blame it on the economy.
Rich August 06, 2011 at 09:24 AM
Tom K went to far on his comments?? Could he not just say, he did not like the place?
steve August 06, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Very disparaging discussion by all on this topic- you should be so proud. Why not take the high road and wish them luck rather than exhibiting the lowest of class. The economy is terrible and have you looked around Orange lately??, no need to mention the number of businesses closing down, both established and newly opened. Orange is a nice town, but it is not Westport or Fairfield, it is Orange plagued by a government that doesn't support aggressive growth, I wish the family the best of luck and hope they find success elsewhere.
Linda Sheehan August 06, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I'm with you Steve.
Kurt Schütz August 07, 2011 at 01:30 AM
I will wish the Nahas all the best, they tried very hard but it is a tough business. My inlaws were the first owners of Racebrook Quality Market and Stanley's first employer. My wife's parents, The Iovieno's had the market for many years before they retired and sold the market to Mr Farace.
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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