Reebles' Country Mart South closed its doors for the last time at 6 pm Monday.
The announcement was made to employees earlier Monday morning. Store owner Matt Good says it was a decision made with a heavy heart.
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Spokesman Larry Good told KVOE News sales had been either flat or declining the past several years, but no hard data has been released. He also said increased government regulations played a role in the decision.
Matt Good says employees have been offered jobs at their other two stores, Country Mart North (1020 Merchant) and Price Chopper (2703 W. Hwy 50), and that a few have accepted that offer. Reebles has about 40 years of business at that location, making for 100 years of business total in south Emporia.
Country Mart North manager Gary Andrews says former Reebles owner Arnie Graham owns both the north and south locations as well as Emporia's Price Chopper.
Matt Good says there's a lot of work yet to be done to complete the move, amounting to basically moving about 10,000 grocery items out of the store and distributing them throughout their other two stores. A move-out date is unknown.
KVOE News Director Chuck Samples contributed to this report.