HOWELL - The Pathmark on Route 9 in Howell is closing Oct. 18.

The closure means big sales for shoppers, but it also means the end of an era for many longtime customers and the loss of jobs for some employees.

Longtime customers told News 12 New Jersey that they feel for the employees they know well.

Some employees have been offered jobs in other Pathmark stores across the state.

A Kmart in the same shopping center, called Friendship Plaza, is also closing.