A local Sedgwick County grocery store will close its doors for the last time in a month.
The Leeker’s Family Foods at 801 S. Meridian in Valley Center will close in mid-to-late April, the Ark Valley News reported. Owner Chris Steindler said the company was unsuccessful in renegotiating its lease.
The Park City location at 6223 N. Broadway will remain open, the News reported.
A call to the store for Steindler was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.
In a Facebook post, Chris and Sierra Steindler said they had tried for much of the past decade to renegotiate the lease on the store’s building because of a changed community retail makeup. The grocery store has been in Valley Center since 1968 and moved to its new location 17 1/2 years ago.
The Steindlers said business will continue as normal while reducing inventory in the coming weeks before closing in April. The Park City store will undergo a remodel in March, and the business is negotiating with Valley Drug to merge their pharmacy with the Park City store’s.
“Our hope is that all of our great customers from Valley Center will join us in Park City for the years to come,” the Steindlers wrote in the post.
Have You Heard reported in 2015 when Steindler, the grandson of the grocery chain’s founder, John Leeker, bought his grandfather out of the business. The two had co-owned the Leeker’s in Valley Center, and Steindler bought his grandfather’s half of the business along with the Park City store.