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Gordy's Market Chippewa Commons location to close

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A closing sign hangs on the doors of a grocery store in Chippewa Falls, stating it is closing up shop at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

A sign in front of Gordy's Market Chippewa Commons, located at 303 Prairie View Road in Chippewa Falls, states, "We look forward to serving you at the Downtown and Lake Wissota locations".

On Wednesday, News 18 spoke with Nila Newton, whose grandson worked at the Gordy's Market Chippewa Commons location in Chippewa Falls. Newton said her grandson learned of the closing at noon on Wednesday.

"He just got called and told that he was done, and they would close at 5:00 p.m. He's upset because he doesn't have a job now. He has to go job hunting," Newton said.

Newton said she was personally disappointed because it was the only grocery store near her home.

News 18 reported on July 25 when Gordy's Market announced the closure of its Hayward location. Gordy's Market CEO Jeff Schafer said the organization is in the "midst of a restructuring of their business". He also stated their "plans for significant growth were just too aggressive..."

Two days following the Hayward closure, Festival Foods announced it was in the process of acquiring three Gordy's Market locations, including two in Eau Claire and one in Tomah. Festival Foods CEO Mark Skogen said the company expects to close on all three locations in September.

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A spokesperson with Festival Foods told News 18 on Wednesday there are no current plans for them to purchase the Chippewa Commons store in Chippewa Falls.

News 18 reached out to Gordy's Market on Wednesday for comment but have not heard back.

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