Pana Walmart to close in October

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PANA, Ill. (WAND) - The Walmart in Pana is set to close in October, according to a company spokesperson. 

Spokesperson, Anne Hatfield, said the changing shopping climate was part of the decision to close the location. She said "retail is changing." 

Pana Walmart's final day will be Oct. 12. a total of 85 employees work at the store and will be offered the opportunity to relocate to another local store.

The Walmart opened in 1983, prior to the current Super Center format.

Hatfield said consumers are looking for new ways to shop, including delivery and pickup services. She said that Walmart has invested nearly $56 million to Illinois stores across the region. That includes those services and more technology. 

“We are grateful to the customers who have given us the privilege of serving them in Pana. This year we will spend $56 million throughout Illinois to simplify how people shop. We look forward to continuing to serve customers at other area locations and online at walmart.com.”

The money invested also included remodels of the Decatur north Walmart location and the Walmart located at 2610 North Prospect in Champaign. Both remodels were completed this summer. 

The pharmacy inside the Pana store will remain open until the Oct. 12 closing date.  Customers can keep their prescriptions at Walmart for pickup at the Shelbyville location, or they can transfer them to a pharmacy of their choice. 

This closure follows several other area grocery stores that have closed, including the Walmart in Clinton, the Kroger locations in Lincoln and one in Decatur. Neiman Foods also announced the closing of the County Market located on Pershing Road in Decatur. 

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