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North Country Loses Two Grocery Stores

Sean Hurley
Mac's Whitefield Market will close September 27th.

The Save A Lot grocery store in Gorham closed its doors earlier this week and Mac’s Whitefield Market will do the same on Sept. 27. While those in Gorham have other nearby options for groceries, NHPR’s Sean Hurley says the loss of Mac’s in Whitefield will hit the town hard.

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Linda Sawicki browses the aisles at Mac’s. Spare shelves, not much produce left, cans and boxes on the floor.  

Mac's showing signs of closing.
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She’s not here to buy anything though, but to take a last look at the store she’s shopped at for 19 years. 

“This is very convenient cause I live in this town and I can walk here,” Sawicki says, “and there’s an older population in this town that’s going to be hurt by this.”

Lise Corrigan, also from Whitefield, says this might be her last visit too. “There’s a lot of people that rely on this store,” Corrigan says, “especially the people that don’t have vehicles and they all shop here so I think it’s going to have a very big impact.”

Groceries will now be a 20-minute drive to the Shaw’s in either Littleton or Lancaster, or a 30-minute drive to the Walmart Supercenter in Gorham.


Sean Hurley lives in Thornton with his wife Lois and his son Sam. An award-winning playwright and radio journalist, his fictional “Atoms, Motion & the Void” podcast has aired nationally on NPR and Sirius & XM Satellite radio. When he isn't writing stories or performing on stage, he likes to run in the White Mountains. He can be reached at

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