SHOREWOOD - Nehring's Sendik's, 4027 N. Oakland Ave., closed on Sunday, March 5, marking the end of the beloved grocer's 90 years in the community.
Originally owned by the Balistreri family, the Shorewood Sendik's store has been owned for the past 19 years by John Nehring and Anne Finch-Nehring. In a letter posted to the door Saturday morning, they said the decision to close was "due to circumstances beyond our control and the decline in support of our small family store." When reached for comment, they clarified that those circumstances include "bigger stores moving into the neighborhood, which made it a business challenge to operate our smaller gourmet market dedicated to personal service."
It's no secret that Sendik's has struggled to compete with the two-story Metro Market that opened one year ago just one block north of them. Nehring told North Shore Now in 2015 that business at Sendik's temporarily spiked during the period between the Pick 'n Save closing and the Metro Market opening. He was hopeful at the time that he could retain those customers,and that they would reject the massive Metro Market store in favor of Sendik's smaller, cozier atmosphere.
The Nehrings said they hope their Shorewood customers will continue to patronize their store at 2643 Downer Ave.
"Sendik's has been part of the Shorewood community for 90 years and we have loved every day of our 19 years as its owners, getting to know and serve our neighbors and customers and providing the freshest produce and highest quality meats for their families' dinner tables," the Nehrings said on Facebook. "We wish to extend our sincere thank you to Shorewood and our customers for their support and welcome you to continue shopping with us at Nehring's Sendik's on Downer (2643 N. Downer Avenue) where many Oakland store staff including Jean and Chef Rob will be moving."
Sendik's has previously weathered other tribulations caused by Oakland Avenue's growth. Nehring has said the Capitol Drive construction project in 2010 caused business to drop 30 percent. He said his customers' parking habits were also disrupted with the construction of the LightHorse 4041 apartment building, which replaced the grocery store's parking lot with a large parking structure.