Gordy's to close Chippewa Commons grocery store late Wednesday

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Gordy's Market has announced it is closing one of its stores in Chippewa Falls.

On Wednesday afternoon, the business announced in a statement that the grocery store at Chippewa Commons, which is on Prairie View Road, would close at the end of the business day Wednesday. The statement went on to say that it's part of a restructuring of the business aimed at improving its remaining stores.

Last week, Festival Foods announced it would take over Gordy’s locations on Birch St. and N. Clairemont Ave. in Eau Claire, as well as the Tomah store on E. Clifton St. That move happened the same week Gordy’s closed its supermarket in Hayward.

"Our plans for significant growth were just too aggressive", CEO Jeff Schafer said in the statement. "It's time to get back to our roots and operate a smaller organization with the highest level of service to our communities. This announcement is a progression of that plan.”

"These are very difficult decisions for the Gordy's family. Our appreciation and sincere concern for both our employees and the residents of Chippewa Falls is always our primary consideration, until no other option exists.”

The statement also said Gordy's would work with other grocery service providers to find another local food option for the Chippewa Commons location, if possible.

The statement did not address how jobs could be affected. Gordy's has been in operation since 1966. The company will have 21 locations after the closure of the Chippewa Commons store, including one in its home base of Chippewa Falls and another near Lake Wissota.

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