An employee from Rueben's County Market Monday morning
pushes empty shopping carts towards the store's entrance.
The store posted signs in its windows last week announcing
it was going out of business and holding a going out of
business sale. The store's owners, Matt and Pat Paulson,
would not comment on the market's looming closure.
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News
HARTFORD — The Paulson family has been in the grocery
business since Rueben Paulson opened a corner grocery
store in 1912. That will soon end when Rueben’s County
Supermarket, owned by brothers Matt and Pat Paulson,
closes its doors and goes out of business.
Last week, a sign was posted at the store announcing the
start of a going-out-of-business sale.
Over the last several months, the Daily News received
inquiries from readers and store customers asking about
the business’ future. Fewer and fewer items were stocked
on the store’s shelves and worries were that the store
Repeated attempts to get comment on the status of the
business from the Paulson brothers after receiving those
calls were met with unreturned phone calls or statements
of “no comment” from the store’s owners or staff.
On Monday, Pat Paulson, would provide no information on
the store’s looming closure.
“We really don’t have any comment now. It’s a hard time
for us and our employees,” Paulson said.
Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Barb Laabs said her office had also been receiving calls
expressing concern for the store’s future over the last
“We have been getting some of those same calls and all
we can do is refer them to the business itself,” Laabs
said. “We had no inside information. I can tell you
though that the store and its workers will be greatly
Laabs said the store and the Paulson brothers were
strong supporters of the chamber and the community.
“Matt has been an integral part of our board in the past
and he had served as a chamber ambassador,” Laabs said.
Paulson would not say how many employees work at the
supermarket, but Laabs said she’s been told the store
has employed from 25-35 workers.
According to the store’s website, Matt and Patrick
Paulson, along with their father Jim, acquired the
Hartford County Market in 2004. All three started in the
grocery business in their teens.
In 2005, Rueben’s underwent a facelift and remodeling.
Rueben’s had an extensive selection of produce, meat,
bakery, deli, dairy and frozen products available along
with a full line of groceries and general merchandise