Giant Eagle will be closing its supermarket in Norwalk Feb. 2.
The on-site GetGo fuel and convenience store will also close on that date.
“The decision to close the Norwalk Giant Eagle and on-site GetGo was difficult, but necessary for financial reasons,” said Rob Borella, Senior Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications. “This location was unable to reach and maintain sales volumes for profitability.”
A press release said Giant Eagle is working closely with UFCW Local 880 to ensure that the about 60 displaced Norwalk Giant Eagle and GetGo employees receive compensation for their time and service beyond what is included in the labor agreement.
Giant Eagle will also be working with the property owner to identify a replacement tenant for the vacant space.
With Giant Eagle leaving in February, speculation about the future for the property is spreading through Norwalk.
One suggestion is that the city acquire the property for a new fire station.
“As the city is going through the process of doing their investigations, people have mentioned that it would be a good location,” Economic Development Director Bethany Dentler said.
But Dentler said the building might also be the perfect site for a retail business. “It might be appropriate for some of the people we’ve been working with,” she said. “Actually there have been some retail kinds of businesses that do need a significant amount of space. It’s great to have a nice, large, open space like that in our downtown area.”
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