Early this year one of the supermarkets near my townhouse, the Super Fresh in Plainsboro, closed. This didn't bother me much as I think I had only shopped there once. However this week I learned the Stop&Shop a few miles up Route 1 is also going to close. This is more bothersome as I had shopped there fairly often and will miss it. According to the article at the Stop&Shop link there are plans to build a Shop-Rite supermarket a bit south on Route 1 (which would be closer to me) so maybe things will eventually work out for the better.
Apparently the Stop&Shop is the third supermarket to fail at that spot in a 20 year period. This is a bit surprising as it seems like a good location with easy access to Route 1. But perhaps the population density in the immediate vicinity is not as high as it could be. I hadn't seen any indications of distress at the store, although in hindsight perhaps the fact that (at least at the times I was there) most of the checkout stations did not need to be staffed was a bad sign.