Newark city leaders are joining the fight to keep the city’s Meijer store open.
Meijer announced Wednesday that it would close the 32-year-old Newark store in May, potentially jeopardizing the jobs of nearly 200 employees.
The Newark Advocate reported Mayor Jeff Hall and Licking County Chamber of Commerce President Cheri Hottinger will write a joint letter to Meijer's corporate headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan to find out if there are any options that would keep the store open.
The company released a statement that said "based on the age and design, it would not be economically feasible to remodel the existing store in (a) manner which would match the needs of the business and our customers."
Both Hall and Hottinger said they were surprised by the closure announcement and received no prior indications from the company as to what led to the decision.
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