MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- A popular grocery store on North Hills Street in Meridian will officially shut down for business in less than two weeks.
Beginning November 1st, Vowell’s Marketplace will join a running list of businesses in Meridian that have closed their doors since the beginning of the year.
Frustrated customers expressed their disappointment to Newscenter 11 on the closure of yet another store in the city.
"And I’m really going to miss it,” Meridian resident Anna Atkinson says. “This is my first choice that I will ever shop in. The other stores, not my first choice. I'm not going to name names but it's not going to happen."
Owner and operator Todd Vowell says closing was the last thing he wants to do, but says he couldn't make the needed investments and upgrades his customers deserve.
Vowell added that the out of state landlord wouldn’t invest in much-needed upgrades and says quote “It appears that his motives were to take all the money out of the property and not reinvest as needed.”
Vowell says the company is looking at other possible locations in Meridian to open a new store but nothing has been finalized.
“Yes, I’m very surprised,” Meridian resident Kellie Boyd says. “Because it’s very convenient for us. Especially from the country, we country folk. You don’t have to go far. So I’m real surprised and hurt its closing.”
"Well, yea it'll be tough because I live right up here on poplar springs drive and I come to the post office every morning and I come here. It's a ritual. So, I don't know where I’ll go," resident Greg Trombly says.
These unhappy consumers will look to the way of other stores to complete their daily routines.
“The inconvenience would be that it’d take 3 miles out of my way just to go shopping. So I’m going to be very sad to leave this place,” Atkinson says.
Todd Vowell says the store's 35 to 40 employees will be offered jobs at other store locations.