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Giant Eagle closing 2 Toledo area stores

(Toledo News Now) -

Giant Eagle, Inc. has made the decision to cease operations at its two Toledo supermarkets and accompanying fuel stations at the end of business on May 3.

"Our decision to close these locations was made only after careful consideration, particularly given the impact on our team members and customers, and after significant efforts to differentiate these stores in the marketplace," said Giant Eagle spokesperson Dan Donovan.

The company says it is thankful for the loyalty demonstrated by team members and customers for more than a decade, beginning with the opening of the Rossford Giant Eagle in 2001 and the West Central Avenue location in 2003. The company says the stores and their team members have also enjoyed meaningful partnerships with many great organizations, such as the Toledo Food Bank and the United Way, as well as the support provided to local schools through its Apples for the Students program. The company says it is extremely appreciative to have had the opportunity to support the Toledo community.

Giant Eagle says it will provide the 179 affected team members with a "fair and equitable severance package to help with their transition."

Customers were unhappy to hear the news Friday.

"Why would they want to close up a store that seems to be doing good business," said Wayne Bacon .

Giant Eagle will continue to award fuelperks! earnings to customers making qualifying in-store purchases, enabling them to earn and redeem fuelperks! through the May 3 closing date.

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