Adams Superfood in Derby is closing after 20 years in business.
The company released a statement saying Intercontinental Holding Company, Inc., the owner of the Adams Superfood at 656 New Haven Ave. in Derby announced today that it will permanently close the market on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Adams Hometown Market has operated the 40,050 square foot store since 1996 after acquiring the supermarket from Stop & Shop and this annoucement comes just weeks before the Wal-Mart is supposed to close on July 29.
Adams said the closure is a business decision and contributing factors included the ending of the current lease, the occupancy costs, poor sales performances over several years and increased competition in the valley.
The store currently employs 16 full-time associates and around 48 part-time associates and a statement says Adams Superfood will work with all associates to help them in their job searches and work with them to fill any current part-time positions available in other Adams locations.
Other area Adams Superfood/Adams Hometown Markets in Milford and Shelton will continue to operate with no change in operations.
The mayor of Derby said the two closings appear to have more to do with lease agreements not being struck than a greater economic issue in the area.
But still she is concerned about the big empty spot that will be left and hopes the spots will be filled soon.
“The city has been changing, a lot of its way of doing business so it’s going to be easier for someone to come in," Mayor Anita Dugatto said.