One of two Food Lion stores in Havelock is scheduled to close by the middle of October, according to the company.
Christy Phillips-Brown, director of external communications and community relations, confirmed Tuesday that the Greenfield Heights Boulevard grocery store would be closing. Food Lion opened the store on Dec. 11, 1996.
“The lease was coming up for renewal in October, and we made the decision not to renew the lease at that location,” Phillips-Brown said.
She did not indicate the reasons as to why the company would not renew its lease at the location. She did not have a specific date of the store’s closure but said it would happen by Oct. 12.
Phillips-Brown said the Food Lion Store on East Main Street near McCotter Boulevard would remain open.
“That store will actually be remodeled,” she said, adding that the work will take place sometime this year.
She did not have the exact number of employees who work at the Greenfield Heights location but said they would be moved to other stores.
“It’s my understanding that the associates can remain with the company and will be relocated to other stores in the area if they choose,” Phillips-Brown said.
She said the closure of the Greenfield Heights Boulevard store was an isolated incident and that no other store closures were planned for the area.
Michelle Sirmans shopped at the Food Lion on Monday. She said she was disappointed to hear about the pending closure but wasn’t necessarily surprised given that Walmart is located across U.S. 70 from the Food Lion.
“Now I’m going to have to go to Walmart for sure,” she said. “This is just something convenient.”
Sirmans said she lives just across the highway from the Food Lion and near the Walmart. She said she shops at both stores.
“I like Food Lion,” she said. “The meat is nice. The people are nice. Of course, the people are nice at Walmart, too.”
Stephanie Lunday shopped Monday at the Food Lion and had a cart full of groceries.
“I like the vegetables and the organic choices,” she said. “It’s much fresher than Walmart and other places.”
She lives on base and said traveling across town to the East Main Street Food Lion would be an inconvenience.
“This is just five minutes away,” Lunday said.
Food Lion is the anchor store in the shopping center that also includes four smaller retail spaces. One space is for lease, while Lee Nails, a dry cleaners and a tobacco shop occupy the other three spaces.
Te Lee, who runs Lee Nails, was curious to know what could replace Food Lion in the shopping center. However, he didn’t think the closure would have a huge impact on his 15-year-old business.
“We have clientele that keeps coming back, so it will have no effect,” he said.