COAL TOWNSHIP — Save-A-Lot in the Plaza at Coal Township, which opened in September 2016, will close today.
Store manager Donna Strausser, of Shamokin, said the 10 employees at the business have been offered transfers to Save-A-Lot stores at 1125 N. Fourth St., Sunbury, and South Williamsport, which are the two closest locations.
Strausser, who has worked at the Coal Township store since it opened, said employees were notified Monday about the closing. She said she didn’t know why the store was closing.
“I believe business has been good here and I really loved working here,” she said.
A sign on the front window says the business will close at 6 p.m. today and urges customers to patronize the store in Sunbury while thanking them for their business.
Lingle Corp., of State College, is the owner of Save-A-Lot. A message left seeking comment was not returned.
Meanwhile, Aldi, a similar discount grocery store, is still planning on opening in an area just west of the Plaza at Coal Township, according to Coal Township Manager Rob Slaby. The closest Aldi store is in Shamokin Dam.
Slaby said the township has not been informed of any ground-breaking date.
Rory Garr, director of real estate for Aldi, previously told members of the Coal Township Zoning Hearing Board that construction was expected to start this summer, with an opening date late this year or early 2019.
The store will be 22,245 square feet, which is slightly larger than the Shamokin Dam location. That store was recently remodeled and expanded, and the new Coal Township store will have a similar look.