Grant’s Is Opening In Bluewell WV

Grant’s Supermarket announced on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon that they would be opening a new store in Bluewell and that they are planning to open sometime in June.

“Kroger’s lease runs through the end of May but our lease says we do not get in until June 1. Kroger is offering to pay part of what they owe for the next two months so we may get in early,” Ron Martin, CEO of Grant’s Supermarket, said.

“We are excited for those new customers. We feel like the store will be unique in our group because we will have customers all over the place and so it will be interesting to see what they are looking for and what they buy.” — Ron Martin, CEO of Grant’s Supermarket, on the possibility of serving ATV tourists at the new Bluewell store.

Martin said he is excited to open a store near where he got his start in the grocery store business.

“I grew up outside of Bluewell and I worked at a local store there as I was growing up in high school and college,” Martin said. “So for me, it is satisfying to be able to come back to a place where I grew up.”

Martin said Grant’s felt like the community would be underserved if there was not a grocery store in that location.

“The community is quite large out there and most people do not like to travel more than 15 to 20 minutes for groceries and shouldn’t have to so we feel like that side of the county would be underserved if there wasn’t a store there,” Martin said. “The landlord worked very well with us.”

Grant’s is also excited to serve new customers in the Bluewell area such as ATV riders.

“We are excited for those new customers,” Martin said. “We feel like the store will be unique in our group because we will have customers all over the place and so it will be interesting to see what they are looking for and what they buy.”

According to Martin, Grant’s Supermarket has already hired one previous Kroger cashier and is open to hiring more.

“We have actually hired one of the cashiers, she got wind of this early and contacted us early. She did not want to go on unemployment. She wanted to start a job and figure out how we worked,” Martin said. “We planned on talking to everyone who is interested and we cannot promise a job but we’re interviewing.”

In an email statement to The Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Thursday, Allison McGee, Corporate Affairs Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Division of the Kroger Corporation said that the existing Kroger store will close earlier than expected because remaining stock sold faster than expected.

“The Kroger store in Bluewell will close on Tuesday, March 12 due to products selling faster than expected. The store was originally set to close in early April. Associates will be paid through early April when the store was originally set to close.”

Original article at bdtonline.com