GLENS FALLS — Price Chopper announced Tuesday it plans to close its store on Cooper Street.
Employees of the store were notified Monday the store will close on July 29. The store employs 33 people, all of whom have been offered jobs at other local Price Chopper or Market 32 stores.
Mona Golub, Price Chopper’s vice president of public relations and consumer services, said the company decided to close the store after “many months of review and forecasting” of its future. The company plans to put the building up for sale.
“Price Chopper has a long history in the Glens Falls community and we value the relationships that we’ve built with our customers, local community partners and teammates,” Golub said in a news release. “After thoroughly reviewing the store’s current and future viability, we’ve concluded that closure is the appropriate action to take with this location.”
The store is under 19,000 square feet, and the smallest Market 32 store the company has opened is 40,000 square feet, she said.
Some have speculated that a grocery store was planned for the new commercial development near Glens Falls Hospital, but Golub said Price Chopper has no plans for another store in Glens Falls.
The Cooper Street store is the only Price Chopper in Glens Falls, but the company has a supercenter on Glen Street just north of the Glens Falls line in Queensbury. The Cooper Street store opened in 1962 and has been an institution in the city’s East End.
The mayor’s office had not been informed of the closure as of Monday afternoon, when The Post-Star got a tip the store had been targeted for closure.
Edward Bartholomew, president of EDC Warren County, said it was too early to predict the impact the closure will have, but his agency will assist in the marketing of the two-acre property that is assessed at $1.1 million.
He said efforts to site a grocery store in downtown Glens Falls were continuing.
Dan Hall, Glens Falls councilman-at-large and mayoral candidate, said he was “disappointed” to learn of the closure. A resident of the East End, he said he was a frequent shopper there and the store will be missed.
“I hope someone buys it and opens another grocery store there,” he said. “Any time I went in there, it always seemed busy.”
He acknowledged many have clamored for a downtown grocery store as part of ongoing redevelopment, but he said he wasn’t sure that one would attract enough shoppers to work.
Many shoppers at the store Tuesday morning had not heard of the closure, but several were saddened and surprised when learning of it from a reporter.
Queensbury resident John Englert said he and his wife shopped at the store several times a week after breakfast at nearby Sam’s Diner. He said he was surprised to learn the store was closing.
“It always seems busy,” he said.
Glens Falls resident Jack Scalici said he was also surprised by the news, and said he will probably go to the nearby Hannaford store more often.
The chain, which operates 134 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently opened two new Market 32 stores in Fort Edward and Clifton Park, and is converting numerous other stores to the Market 32 brand.
It also operates the Glen Street, Queensbury store and two in Lake George, including a small one in the village of Lake George and a newer store just south of the Warrensburg town line.