CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Citing sluggish sales, Kroger Co. announced Friday it will close its store at the Quincy Center near Riverside High School in Diamond on April 11.
It's one of two West Virginia stores that will close this year. The company will also close an underperforming store in Weston later this year as well.
Kroger moved into the 31,000 square foot location along E. DuPont Avenue in 1986. It currently has 20 full-time and 36 part-time employees.
Company spokesman Carl York said the eastern Kanawha County location was strictly a financial decision.
"It's been losing money the last few years," York said. "We've tried a few things but nothing seemed to work there."
He said the store is one of the company's older and smaller locations and has not been profitable for three years.
York said sales were hurt when Walmart opened its Quincy store in 2011. The store hasn't turned a profit in the three years since.
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400 represents employees at Kroger's Quincy Center location. Under their labor contract, employees will have the opportunity to move to other Kroger stores in West Virginia.
Kroger leases the store location from Quincy Center LLC. The lease was set to expire in June.
While the company is closing the Diamond store, York said Kroger is still committed to operating the 11 other Kroger stores in Kanawha County.
"This is site-specific," he said.
The company has announced investments of nearly $22 million at its 11 other stores. Investments include the addition of new fuel centers and the $15 million remodel of the Ashton Place store, which should be complete by May.
The expansions should create about 50 new jobs at those locations by the end of the year.Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4836.