LESLIE, Mich. (WLNS) — It’s been around for decades, a sort of landmark in the small town of Leslie, but now the only grocery store for miles is closing its doors for good.
For the Mitchell twins this is a goodbye they didn’t see coming.
“I was pretty shocked when I heard the news they were closed,” said Patrick Mitchell, a former employee of Valu Land.
For Michael Mitchell it’s a closure that hits close to home having spent 41 years working inside.
“It’s very sad for the community,” said Michael Mitchell. “These old people that don’t have cars have to walk.”
It’s not just the Mitchells that are sad to see Valu Land close. Now people who live in Leslie will have to drive down to the Meijer in mason to get their groceries.
For many that’s a ten minute drive.
Ethan Thayer, says his grandparents are also upset about the closure.
“My grandparents still live here and they are still mad about it too. and they have to go all the way to Mason to buy any groceries now,” Thayer said.
The brothers say they have hope that maybe a new place will open up soon.
“We don’t need anything else but a grocery store,” said Michael Mitchell.
SpartanNash the company that owns ValuLand sent 6 News this statement.
“SpartanNash and ValuLand have proudly served the Leslie community for more than 20 years – originally as a Felpausch and – for the past 10 years – as a ValuLand. Recently, we informed store Associates that we will be closing this location, with our final day of operation taking place earlier this week.
“The decision is based on our continuous evaluation of our overall retail footprint and what is best for our more than 145 corporate-owned stores, our Associates and the communities we serve. We are grateful to the Leslie community for its loyal support throughout the years, and we hope to see them soon at our Eaton Rapids Family Fare and other nearby D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare and VG’s Grocery stores. There, they’ll see many of the same smiling faces they’ve come to know at the Leslie ValuLand.”
— Tom Swanson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail
The ValuLand in Lansing located on 1609 W Mount Hope Avenue will also close, but will reopen in a different format. Therefore, customers can still go to one of their favorite grocery stores and get the goods they need.
“Our new store will take that experience to the next level, introducing our store guests to great prices on pantry staples, milk and other products,” SpartanNash said in a statement.