Associated Food Stores announced Friday that it will be consolidating the Logan Macey’s grocery store into its Providence location.
“We’ve spent several months looking at ways to ensure the continued success and profitable future of our company amidst the rampant changes in retail across the U.S. and the markets we serve. From this deliberation, we made this very difficult decision,” David Rice, president of Macey’s, stated in a press release.
The Macey’s on 400 North in Logan will close on July 19.
Darin Peirce, vice president of retail operations for Associated Food Stores, said the decision was prompted by “rampant and rapid changes in retail across the U.S.” It was a difficult choice, Peirce said.
“Decisions like this can, on paper, be easy to make,” Peirce said. “The thing that makes them so hard is thinking about the people, the valued team members that we care for in that store that we choose to close like what we’re doing here in Logan.”
Peirce anticipates that the company will be able to find positions at the Providence store and other Associated member stores to offer most of the Logan location’s 51 employees.
The Logan store’s pharmacy prescriptions will automatically be transferred to the Providence Macey’s, according to the release. The Wells Fargo branch inside the store will close at the same time as the Macey’s store, according to Associated Food Stores Communications Manager Rand Mickelson.
The Logan location became a Macey’s in 2014, prior to which it was an Associated Food Stores Fresh Market. Associated Food Stores acquired the store as part of its acquisition of Albertsons in 2009.
Associated Food Stores’ lease on the building comes due in February, Peirce said. The company may pursue sublease options, but there are no firm plans regarding the building at this point.
As part of its recent decision, Associated Food Stores announced the closure of one other Utah store, a Fresh Market in Sandy.
Macey’s grew out of the Save-A-Nickle-Market founded by Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones in Rose Park, Utah. The Logan store’s closure will leave 13 locations in the state. Associated Food Stores as a whole will operates 37 stores after the two planned closures.