Musser’s Markets had been winding down its operations since August, when it announced it was selling its three locations to Giant Food Stores — becoming the third family-owned market business here to do so this year.

By noon Wednesday, the last store under the Musser’s name — at 32 Friendly Drive in the Buck — ceased operations for good, marking the end of a business that began in 1925.

Due to a lack of inventory, the store closed on the eve of its previously announced ending date of Oct. 17. The two other Musser’s locations — in Mountville and in Lebanon County — closed Tuesday.

“The liquidation sale went extremely well,” Musser’s Markets Buck location Manager Brian Musser said minutes after his store’s closure.

Prices were slashed by half on Sunday to clear out, he added.

Renovations to the now-former Musser’s Markets buildings in the Buck and Mountville are expected to begin today ahead of reopening as Giant Food Stores on Friday, Nov. 8.

The former Musser’s store in Lebanon County will reopen as a Giant on Nov. 1.

Independently owned family markets have taken a hit this year but have taken on new lives as Giant stores. In addition to Musser’s, Darrenkamp’s and Ferguson & Hassler sold to the supermarket chain earlier this year.