North Salina Dillons Store To Close
KSAL Staff - Wed 08:20 PM 08/22/2012
The Dillons store on Iron Avenue will close when the new store near the corner of Ohio and Cloud Streets opens.
At the same time Salina gets a new Dillons grocery store, it will lose an existing store.
Dillons management and other Salina officials were notified Wednesday that the opening of a new store near the corner of Ohio and Cloud Streets will prompt the closure of the existing Iron Avenue store.
The new store, at the corner of Cloud and Ohio Streets, is being built to replace the current Dillons Southgate at 2012 S. Ohio, which was built in 1971. The new store will be nearly twice as big as the old 40,000 square feet store. When complete, it will be approximately 76,000 square feet.
The new store will have some added features including a Chinese kitchen, a pharmacy, a “Nature’s Market” natural food section, and a fuel center. It will also offer sushi.
At a ground breaking event back in February, Dillons officials said that the goal is to have the new store open by the end of the year. If things go as planned, it will be open in time for the holidays.
The Iron Avenue store is the smallest of the the current four Dillons stores in Salina. It is also the only grocery store in Salina located north of Crawford Street.
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Lauver tells KSAL News he spoke with Dillons President Joe Grieshaber about how the grocery store industry has changed, and the difficulty of operating smaller stores. He expressed community concerns about Salina no longer having a grocery store in the north part of town.
Lauver adds that he has already contacted three different chains that operate smaller grocery stores.
The closing of the store will not mean any lost jobs. Employees will be transferred to the new store.