The Tops grocery store in Jordan will shut its doors next month.
The store at 9 Mechanic St. will be closing on or about Oct. 14. The market had moved into the spot about five years.
Kathy Romanowski, public and media relations specialist for the chain, said Friday the move was a business decision to consolidate the Jordan store and the Elbridge store. She said the Elbridge building — which is about two miles away from the Jordan store — is larger and more up to date than the closing location, which is less than 8,000 square feet, so it didn’t make sense to keep operating both buildings.
She said all 15 of the store’s employees were informed of the closure before it was publicly announced and that each has since agreed to work at neighboring stores in the area, including the Elbridge, Auburn, Skaneateles and Baldwinsville locations.
Jordan Mayor Richard Platten said he is disappointed by the decision, but he doesn’t think the reverberations of the closure will be felt until a couple months after the fact. He wishes someone at Tops had reached out to him two years ago, for example, and said the location was struggling.
That way, Platten said, the village could have least set up a campaign to drum up more business. He said he would have done more had he known of issues earlier.
He said the absence will leave a sizable hole in the community. For example, he said he believes a great number of older people without transportation rely on the Jordan Tops for groceries. He said Elbridge’s transportation program, Jordan-Elbridge Transportation, frequently takes people there for their grocery shopping.
Platten is a firm believer in buying locally, arguing that although people may believe they are saving more at “big box” stores, shoppers may be losing more money through the gas needed to get to those locations.
“I don’t think people understand the value or the necessity of a local market,” Platten said.
He said the village will be working shortly to get another business to take over that location. He said this is not the first time such a situation has happened, like when a branch of the Buffalo-based M&T Bank closed in Jordan several years ago, but a Lyons National Bank opened up a couple years later.
Julia Amodei, of Jordan, said Friday she was surprised when she first found out about the closure, especially since she frequently sees people in the store.
Amodei said she frequents the Jordan Tops, but will have to head to Elbridge or somewhere else now.
“They said they don’t have enough business, but I don’t see how that’s true,” Amodei said.
Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.