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In this undated file photo, Tricia Soupir of New London shops in the produce section at The Big Store. The New London store, which has been in operation for more than 140 years, is going out of business. Tribune file photo

NL's Big Store to close its doors


NEW LONDON -- For the first time in 142 years, New London residents strolled down Main Street on Thursday and saw a "Store Closing" sign on its historied grocery store.

Brian Hedtke, owner of The Big Store in New London, said Thursday the longtime downtown grocery will close Monday after struggling for business since last summer.

Hedtke said the economic situation over the last six months hurt his grocery business, but sales actually started declining in the summer.

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