Grant’s Opening in Smithers, WV

Grant’s Supermarket is expanding. Owner Ron Martin said Monday the regional grocery store chain that is based in Bluefield plans to occupy the Kroger building in Smithers in Fayette County before the end of the year.

“We signed a lease and we have an agreement in principle for the equipment from Kroger,” he said. “We may get into the business some time in November and hope to have it open before Jan. 1.”

Martin said Kroger recently announced plans to close the store at the end of October, and when he heard about it that’s when negotiations started.

“We want to get it open as soon as possible (after Kroger closes) to serve the people there,” he said. “It’s the only grocery store in town.”

Martin said it will be the 17th Grant’s store and will be located about 25 minutes from the Grant’s Oak Hill store. The building is 18,500 square feet, he said, which is about the same size as the Green Valley Grant’s.

Martin said the store may also include a pharmacy as negotiations for that possibility continue. A store manager has already been hired as well a meat manager, who is transferring from the Oak Hill store.

“We will start advertising and taking applications and resumes (for all other jobs) this week,” he said.

Martin said one of the reasons Kroger may have decided to close it is because the store is smaller than the stores the giant grocery chain usually has now.

“I think the store will be good for us,” he said.

Grant’s Supermarket is a locally owned and operated company that opened as a single store in 1949 and has grown to 16 locations (soon 17) in southern West Virginia, Southwest Virginia and one in Sparta, N.C.. The stores offer “old fashioned customer service and quality groceries.”

The 16th Grant’s store opened last year in Galax, Va.

article from Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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