Several grocery store chains with stores in South Jersey have recently decided to close their local stores, leaving us with fewer shopping choices.

Last week, the parent company of Genardi's announced they were offering to sell their stores in Egg Harbor Township and Barnegat.

Monday it was revealed that Pathmark will close their supermarkets in Egg Harbor Township and Manahawkin.

Within the last few years, Superfresh has closed stores in Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton and Cape May Court House.

Some of these closures are blamed on under-performing stores, while others are simply part of supermarket companies in financial trouble nationally.

Collectively,  all of these  store closings are going to have a significant impact on the shopping habits in Cape May, Atlantic and Southern Ocean County.

Then there's Atlantic City, which has gone several years without a supermarket within the city limits.

I like to hear from you on your grocery shopping habits.  Please give me your thoughts and answers to the following questions below in the comments section...

Will any of these store closures directly affect you?

Where do you shop and how far is that from where you live?

Why do you think so many local grocery stores are having trouble staying in business?

What's most important to you when grocery shopping? Price, selection, convenience, etc?

Do you shop at different stores for different things?