The Food Lion grocery store on Emory Valley Road in Oak Ridge could close by June 20 because the company is not renewing its lease on the property, a spokesperson said.
Store employees were notified of the decision on Thursday, said Christy Phillips-Brown, a corporate spokesperson for Food Lion.
She did not know the precise number of employees at the Oak Ridge store, but she said there are, on average, about 40 associates at each store.
The Oak Ridge store could close “on or before June 20,” Phillips-Brown said.
Phillips-Brown said employees in an Augusta, Ga., store were also told Thursday that their store would close because its lease is not being renewed.
Phillips-Brown said Food Lion is performing well overall, but the company made the difficult decision to not renew the leases in Oak Ridge and Augusta.
More information will be added as it becomes available.