AKRON, Ohio- West Point Market in Akron is closing its doors later this year and relocating.
The news just came out and a lot of customers are pretty surprised. "My wife will be very troubled to hear that,” said Donald Cadley.
The decision wasn’t an easy one for the owners to make. CEO Rick Vernon said developers originally contacted them about a year ago, but he said they turned them down. The offers kept on coming and he said they continued to say no, but eventually they reached a deal.
"We didn't sell the business; we sold the land,” he explained.
The developers are planning to build a new retail complex. It’s going to house all kinds of stores including Whole Foods. The supermarket chain specializes in organic foods.
"It'll be great for the other businesses around here and great for the city of Akron,” said Vernon.
Norm Ross has worked at West Point Market for 20 years. He said it’ll be sad to say goodbye.
"They've been so good to us here. It really had been a wonderful place to work. It's not even like a job. It's like I don't know how to say... it's not like going to work; it's like going to your second family at times,” he said fondly.
Vernon said this isn’t the end for the market; they are thinking about relocating. He isn’t sure where exactly, but said they are looking at options in Summit County and up in Cleveland.
"It's an emotional time, but we'll be running through the end of the year and we're going to keep everybody happy, especially the employees and the customers and business as usual,” he said.