Wal-Mart supermarket will close its Albertson’s grocery store in New Jersey after more than a decade of operations.
The chain announced Thursday that the store in Newark, which opened in 1982, will close in December and replace it with an “innovative” store at the Alberthons grocery store complex in Jersey City.
The store, which was the first store in the country to be opened by the grocery chain, will employ approximately 70 people, said spokesman John Stoll.
It will be closed for renovations and a temporary closure.
Albertsown store owner Alberton’s spokesman, Mike Wiles, said in a statement that the company is working with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to identify ways to improve conditions at the site and make improvements to the surrounding community.
He said the company will “continue to provide a level of service that meets the needs of our customers and communities, and to continue providing an excellent shopping experience for our community.”
Albertons is owned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is overseeing the renovation project.