Western Supermarkets closing, Publix to purchase two stores

(MGN)

A long-time independent grocery store chain in Birmingham is ending operations in 2019.

Western Supermarkets announced its plans to end operations after 70 years.

Currently, Western operates four stores in the Birmingham-area with about 200 employees.

The Highland Avenue location will be redeveloped. The Village Market in East Lake is for sale.

Publix Super Markets will buy the other two locations, the Lane Parke store in Mountain Brook and the Rocky Ridge store in Vestavia Hills.

Western’s employees have been encouraged to seek employment with Publix.

Many in Birmingham have worked at Western through the years.

“It is astounding how many people – doctors, lawyers, business leaders and the current mayor of Birmingham had their first job at Western,” said owner Ken Hubbard, who began with the company as a bagger in 1960.

An inventory reduction sale begins with a markdown on wine January 9th.

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