County Market on Pershing Road closing

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Another grocery store is closing in the Decatur community. Niemann Foods Inc. told employees Wednesday morning  the County Market on Pershing Road will soon be closing. 

Gerry Kettler, Niemann Foods, Inc. Director of Consumer Affairs says, "Decatur is in a tough economic environment."

The company cites Decatur's loss of population, economic pressures and decline in revenue for the closure. However, company leaders anticipate redeveloping the location and could see it possibly one day being a Save A Lot. 

Kettler said an official date has not been set for the closure, but anticipates it will take around two-months to sell down the products. 

The store hires roughly 50 employees both part time and full time. The company says they are encouraging employees to take jobs at other Niemann Foods, Inc. stores in the Midwest. 

The County Market express gas station in front of the store will remain open. 

The Macon County Health Department closed the County Market on Pershing in February citing  a severe infestation of rodents. The store was closed and cleaned to combat the problem. Neiman Food officials say the infestation was not the reason for the store closure. 

This is the last full service County Market store in Decatur. In September, Nieman Food closed the County Market Store on West Grand and reopened the site as a Save-A-Lot store. The store services as a full grocery store with a meat market, salad bar and all you can eat breakfast on the weekend. The original location opened in January 2015 with a project cost of $14.8 million. The company said they have no plans to close this location. 

This is the second grocery store to announce its closure in Decatur in one week. Kroger officials announced last week they are closing the store on King Street.