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Mrs. Green’s Closing 5 Locations; CEO Out

Mrs. Green’s Neighborhood Market will close five of its Northeastern stores, according to a published report. The natural food retailer said that the closures were due to poor performance and that it would focus on its successful locations in New York’s Westchester County. Additionally, CEO Pat Brown is leaving the company, with existing management taking the helm until a successor is hired.

Brown, who joined the company in 2014, was previously COO of Portland, Ore.-based New Seasons Market.

The affected stores are in Rye and Tarrytown, N.Y.; New York City; and Fairfield and Stamford, Conn. Mrs. Green’s said it would provide severance packages and transition services to associates at the closing locations.

“Mrs. Green’s Neighborhood Market has been a part of the fabric of the Westchester community for three decades and this announcement demonstrates our long-term commitment to providing our customers with the locally sourced produce and healthy-living products they love,” the company noted in a statement published in the Journal News, serving New York’s Lower Hudson Valley. “While the closure of any location is difficult — especially because our customers and communities have supported us — they are also necessary as we focus on our core, profitable stores.

The company added that over the next several weeks, it would begin restocking its stores in Yorktown Heights, Briarcliff, Mount Kisco, Eastchester and Larchmont, N.Y. Supply disruptions have affected several of the chain’s stores, causing product shortages and empty shelves.

Irvington, N.Y.-based Natural Markets Food Group, Mrs. Green’s parent company, also recently shuttered four stores in Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey.

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