Rueben’s County Market closing in Hartford

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

July 9, 2014

 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 may close.

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 several months.

“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 missed.”

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 items.