The Gray’s Foods grocery store on Auburn Street is expected to close later this year, the result of store owners and the building landlord disagreeing on future lease terms.
Store owner Jeff Gray confirmed today that the building landlord informed him about a month ago that he wouldn’t be renewing the store’s lease and instead signed a lease for a dollar-themed business to move into the building.
Gray’s has been a tenant at 3214 Auburn St. for 31 years.
“We would have done anything to stay there,” Gray said. “We wanted to continue doing business there. The neighborhood is great, and the employees there are wonderful. There’s no reason we want to leave.”
Gray researched other spaces where he could possibly move the store but said a full-scale move likely would be too expensive. He said Gray’s actually hadn’t had a lease for a long time at the Auburn Street store but had operated there in “good faith” for many years.
Gray acknowledged that 2011 has been a tough year for the grocery business but said the company is “resilient.” The company closed its Loves Park store earlier this year, but Gray said its two remaining stores 1630 N. Alpine Road in the Highcrest Centre and at 1210 Broadway are still doing really well.