A long-standing Food Lion grocer off Wrightsboro and North Leg roads in Augusta will soon close.
The store at 3246 Wrightsboro will close by June 20, said Erin Munley DeWaters, a spokeswoman for Food Lion.
“We routinely review our store portfolio and made the difficult decision to close the store as a result of the lease ending,” DeWaters said in an e-mail. “We do not have any plans to close any additional stores at this time.”
Management at the grocer said the location will close next week after all the inventory, which is marked off by 50 percent, has been sold.
The Food Lion has been in its current 29,000-square-foot location near the Augusta Mall since 1987 and employs about 40 people, DeWaters said.
In late March, a 148,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter opened at 3338 Wrightsboro Road within walking distance of the grocery store.
In 2012, the Salisbury, N.C.-based supermarket company closed three Columbia County Food Lion locations as part of a strategic decision by parent company Delhaize America to close underperforming stores and strengthen its U.S. portfolio.
There are nine other Food Lion stores across the metro area.
Food Lion, founded in 1957, has about 1,100 supermarkets across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic portions of the country and employs more than 62,000 associates.