|The store was identified as an ‘underperformer’|
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Food Lion will close its store at Westlake in mid-February because it is one of several stores that are "underperforming," according to a Food Lion spokesperson.
Christy Phillips-Brown, Food Lion communications director, said a Food Lion in Forest in Bedford County will also close in about a month.
The local "underperforming" Food Lion stores are among seven in Virginia that will be closed, Phillips-Brown said.
Nationwide, Food Lion has identified 112 stores it will close, according to a press release.
"While these decisions are difficult, especially given the impact on our associates and customers, our actions will continue to enhance the performance of our overall store portfolio and further enable us to deliver profitable growth and accelerate shareholder value," Phillips-Brown said.
The Westlake Food Lion opened in the early 1990s and was the first chain store to open on the Franklin County side of the lake.
The store employs between 35 and 40 employees.