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Future unclear for Fresh City Market's retail space

The only major grocery store on Purdue University's campus is now closed. West Lafayette city leaders still feel in the dark about what will happen next.

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 11:56 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2018 11:21 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The only major grocery store on Purdue University's campus is now closed, and city leaders still feel in the dark about what will happen next.

Fresh City Market was set to close on Saturday, Jan. 20. Employees said due to lack of inventory, they decided to close their doors early.

Director of Development Erik Carlson said he's tried several times to reach out to SpartanNash, the parent company for Fresh City Market. So far, he's only gotten one voicemail from the company and other efforts to get in touch haven't been returned.

"I'd like to talk to them about what they're planning on doing with their space because the city of West Lafayette wants to make sure that prime location like that isn't dark for long," said Carlson.

The company still has seven years left on their lease. At first, the city wanted to know if there was a way they could help SpartanNash keep the store open. Now they feel the window for that may be closed.

"We're confident in the fact they have no interest in staying open. It's their responsibility to pay their rent and how they fill that will be up to them," Carlson said.

Although the city has found it hard to get a hold of SpartanNash, they have released one statement on why the store is closing. This is what they said:

"The closure of Fresh City Market was a business decision based on the performance of the store, as well as SpartanNash's continuous evaluation of our retail footprint. While it is never an easy decision to close a store, this is not a reflection on our dedicated associates, or their commitment to serving our customers." – Tom Swanson, Vice President of the Retail Division for SpartanNash

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