ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — ShopRite Supermarkets is closing five locations in the Capital Region, the company confirmed to NEWS10. The store locations closing include Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna, Slingerlands, and North Greenbush.
“We entered the marketplace a little over a decade ago to bring a quality supermarket to the area,” said Karen Meleta, Chief Communications Officer of Wakefern Food Corp. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to sustain the level of sales needed to keep the stores operating today.”
ShopRite Supermarkets is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corp. All five stores are set to close on or around December 9, said Meleta. The ShopRite location in Hudson was not included in the list of stores closing.
One ShopRite shopper lives right next to the Albany location and says this news came as a shock. Etsevi Awoukou has a car to get to other supermarkets, but he worries his neighbors won’t be able to just walk to a store. “I don’t know what to do, but I love it. I’ll obviously want to go to Wal-Mart, yeah? It’s just close to here. You don’t have to go far from shopping, y’know? Yeah, it’s the reason we fear for that.”
In a statement sent to distributors, the chain announced shipments to these stores will stop on October 24. “We thank our customers for their patronage and our dedicated associates who served the community,” said Meleta.