Marie's serves up its last lunches; Mackenzie's becoming CVS

Two long-time Trumbull Center businesses, with deep town roots, are closing this week.

Marie’s Sandwich Shop, 920 White Plains Road, was serving its final customers Monday afternoon, after 47 years.

“It’s an economic decision,” said owner Kathleen Hallahan. “Traffic in the center has been significantly reduced and even more so by the loss of Porricelli’s. We can’t keep limping along.”

Hallahan has been owner for 7 years.

“We will definitely miss the customers and the hometown feeling of this area,” she said.

Peter DiNardo, part of the group that owns Trumbull Center, said the news came as a complete surprise to him today.

"It's can't be more of a surprise to me," DiNardo said Monday afternoon. "She was a good tenant and it's really unfortunate."

DiNardo said his office talked with Hallahan about a month ago, and the owner was considering expanding dinner offerings and serving beer, wine and alcohol to help promote more business.

He said the he believes the closing is based on economic issues but that Hallahan always paid her rent on time. DiNardo recently wrote a letter to the Times about the future of Trumbull Center.

Mackenzie’s Pharmacy, just a few doors down from Marie’s is closing Friday and reopening as CVS on Monday, March 18.

Mackenzie’s has been in business for about 80 years. The name and store set-up is changing at the pharmacy, but the faces won’t, according to Mackenzie’s owner Pat Santella.

“I want to thank all the customers we’ve had over the years,” Santella told the Times. “They have been really wonderful and I hope they will stay.”

Santella, who has been with MacKenzie’s for 26 years, announced the change in an advertisement that ran in last week’s Trumbull Times.

“Pat and Kathy and staff of Mackenzie’s will remain at the new store and will look forward to continuing to serve you, now with the extensive resources of CVS/Pharmacy,” the announcement in last week’s paper said.

DiNardo said he did know that Santella was in talks with CVS about the switch but just found out that a deal had been reached last week.

Mackenzie’s closes this Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Santella asks that anyone who ordered a prescription pick it up by Friday at 5, before the switch over. All prescription files will be transferred to the new CVS.