Veit says the company will continue operations at its Syracuse, Fulton and Chenango Bridge locations. The company also says it will refund the price of any advertisements purchased but never published.
The "decision was the result of a sudden and dramatic downturn in the companyâ??s Pennysaver advertising business," says Veit. "Many factors led to the downturn in the companyâ??s Pennysaver business including, but not limited to, a myriad of other advertising alternatives in the market."It's a decision that is now leaving many without a weekly circular on which they depend as a way of saving money. "A lot of people on the South Side [of Syracuse] use the Pennysaver," said Sherrie Hill, who has been using the circular for 25 years. "A lot of people on the West Side use the Pennysaver. Every week, by week, I depend on it.""People read it all the time," said former Pennysaver carrier John Hall. "Kinda sad to see it go. Another icon, you know, is gone."Others saw the Pennysaver as the thing of the past, even before it stopped publication. "I didn't think they still used it," said Frankie Ciotoli of Syracuse. "I thought it was pretty pointless when they had it anyway. There was never anything in it. Just another thing to clog up the mailbox."