Nashville grocery store to close


Dorothea Galloway unloads her cart after shopping at JustSave Foods of Nashville on Tuesday.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NASHVILLE — A longtime local grocery store will shut down at the end of the month.

JustSave Foods at 731 E. Washington St. in Nashville is scheduled to close by Sept. 30. Kimberly George, vice president of communication and corporate citizenship of Alex Lee Inc., JustSave’s parent company, confirmed Tuesday the impending closing of the store that opened in 1998.

JustSave Foods is often referred to as Lowes Foods “frugal cousin” and strives to offer products and services to budget-conscious consumers. All JustSave Foods’ stores are located mainly in rural areas of North Carolina.

“The closing is part of our broader growth strategy for investing in new stores, major remodels and e-commerce,” George said. “As part of this growth strategy, we continually review and make adjustments to our total store portfolio.”

JustSave Foods has 10 full-time employees and 32 part-time employees. In June, Alex Lee Inc. closed the JustSave Foods store in Roanoke Rapids. The nearest JustSave Foods stores are in Enfield and Warrenton.

“These decisions are always difficult, and we will work closely with the employees to offer positions at other Lowes Foods and JustSave Foods stores,” George said. “If this is geographically impractical, we will provide assistance to help them through the transition.”

Currently, JustSave Foods has a 40 percent off sale for most of the remaining products in the store. Customer Johnny Johnson was placing some bags of groceries in his van Tuesday at the JustSave Food’s parking lot.

Johnson was unaware the store was closing and acknowledged he usually goes there about three or four times a month to buy items, such as cake ingredients, banana pudding or fish. 

“I like shopping here, but it won’t affect me too much because Food Lion and Walmart are right down the road,” Johnson said. “There were things that I couldn’t find here that I would go to buy at either one of those places.”

Cyndy Wells, another regular shopper who was picking up a few items on Tuesday, said she was surprised and saddened to learn the store is going away. Wells said she usually stops at JustSave Foods on her way home from work.

“I’m a big fan of their deli section, and I love getting their chicken pot pies,” Wells said. “I’m going to have to go somewhere else to get them. Their prices were a little high, but they will be missed.”