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Gordy's Market store on Hamilton Avenue to close

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A grocery store in Eau Claire is closing up shop at the end of business day on Wednesday.

News 18 first reported on Wednesday mid-afternoon when a Gordy's Market employee at the Hamilton Avenue location confirmed the store would be closing as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

In a press release sent shortly after 3 p.m., Gordy's Market CEO Jeff Schafer said:

"This closure is a continuation of our plan to restructure the Gordy’s organization and return to the values and service of our past."

Schafer said Gordy's previously announced closure of its locations in Hayward and Chippewa Commons in Chippewa Falls was part of the restructuring plan.

"We continue to execute a carefully crafted blueprint that ensures the viability of our company for the future...It's a tremendously competitive business and these decisions have not been easy given the loyalty of our employees and customers."

Gordy's Market stated in the press release that it will work with "...additional grocery service providers to make sure its departure from an existing store is accompanied with another local food option, when possible".

News 18 received a tip from a viewer Wednesday afternoon, who said a family member, employed at the Gordy's Market on East Hamilton Avenue, was notified Wednesday morning about the closure.

A closed sign in front of the store said it looks forward to serving its customers at the West Clairemont Avenue location.

You may remember on July 25 when Gordy's closed its Hayward location, stating the business was in the "midst of a restructuring of their business". During that announcement, Schafer said the store closure in Hayward was a very difficult decision for the Gordy's family.

Two days after, Festival Foods announced it was acquiring three Gordy's Market locations, including two in Eau Claire, located at Birch Street and North Clairemont Avenue, and one in Tomah, located at East Clifton Avenue.


Posted Aug. 9, 2017 at 2:34 p.m.:

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Another Gordy's Market store is closing its doors at the end of business day on Wednesday.

An employee at Gordy's Market on Hamilton Avenue confirmed to News 18 that the location will be closing as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

News 18 received a tip from a viewer, who said a family member was notified Wednesday morning about the closure.

You may remember on July 25 when Gordy's closed its Hayward location, stating the business was in the "midst of a restructuring of their business". During that announcement, Gordy's Market CEO Jeff Schafer said the store closure in Hayward was a very difficult decision for the Gordy's family, stating:

"Our appreciation and sincere concern for both our employees and loyal customers is something that we take very seriously..It's time to get back to our roots and operate a smaller organization with the highest level of service to our communities."

You may remember two days after, Festival Foods announced it was acquiring three Gordy's Market locations, including two in Eau Claire, located at Birch Street and North Clairemont Avenue, and one in Tomah, located at East Clifton Avenue.

On Wednesday, News 18 reached out to the owners of Gordy's Market for comment on the Hamilton Avenue store closure and have yet to hear back.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 18 on-air and online for the latest details.

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