BELOIT - Customers of Save A Lot, 1223 Park Ave., said they were disappointed with the news of the neighborhood grocery store's impending closure.
Scores of customers were flocking to the business on Tuesday to take advantage of the 50% off store closing and liquidation sale. Employees confirmed the store was closing and signs were pasted on store windows announcing the closure, but employees said they didn't know the exact date the store would actually shut its doors.
In response to Beloit Daily News inquiries, an individual from Save A Lot's corporate office issued a press release saying Coburn's Inc. would close the Beloit store on June 30.
Beloit Economic Development Director Andrew Janke said the city had not been formally notified regarding the closure as of Tuesday. Janke said Hendricks Commercial Properties (HCP) owns the site and structure, although he didn't have information on the franchisee.
HCP President and CEO Rob Gerbitz said Tuesday was the first he had heard of the impending closure, also noting the store is owned by a franchisee.
Customers interviewed at the store Tuesday expressed sadness with the dissolution of a convenient neighborhood store.
Mom Carolina Munoz was loading up her car trunk with groceries, assisted by daughters Victoria Munoz, 8, and Mariela Munoz, 5. Carolina Munoz said they liked to come for lunch, noting groceries were affordable and close to home.
"It's sad to see it go. The workers were nice and it's convenient," added customer Tammi McGhee.
McGhee said her parents live around the corner and use the store often.
Customer Mike Jones said workers were losing jobs and residents of the area were losing access to food.
"This store was convenient for the community around here. Some people don't have vehicles to go to the big stores," Jones said.
Terry Banks said the closure will inconvenience a lot of people. He said he liked being able to send his niece and nephew to pick up items.
Judy Richardson said she liked how she could walk to the store. She said she liked the store's bakery, its location on a main street and the ease of parking.
Wayne Crawford said he hates hearing Save A Lot is closing, and said he thought it was doing a lot of business. With its closure, he said he was concerned the site may remain vacant.