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Community Rallies To Save Meijer Store

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NEWARK, Ohio -

Hundreds in the Newark community are rallying support around what they call an institution in their community; their local grocery store that is set to close.

The state's first Meijer store, which opened in 1981, plans to close May 24.

The store, which currently employs 187 people, will have its first round of layoffs on Saturday.

The Meijer corporation tells NBC4's Denise Alex in an email that "it's not economical feasible to remodel the store that would match the needs of the business and customers."

More than 1,300 local customers have joined the Facebook page "Save the Newark Meijer Store".

"Corporate is corporate and they don't care about a small town, about a small town's community and what a store what might mean because to them it is just a store," said Natalie Mosher, a Newark resident.

Newark's mayor Jeffrey Hall tells NBC4 he sent a letter to Meijer last week when he heard the store was closing. He says he hasn't gotten any response from the company.

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