Big Stone Gap Walmart to close by July 12

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FILE- This Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shows a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The Walmart in Big Stone Gap will be closing its doors to customers by July 12, 2019.

According to Walmart spokesperson Phillip Keene, the decision comes “after a careful and thoughtful review process” to not renew the lease for the location at 1959 Neeley Road.

Keene said after lengthy negotiations with the property landlord, terms could not be agreed upon that would have allowed Walmart to extend the lease and “keep the store profitable.”

Our associates are the heartbeat of the company and our top priority is to take care of them during this transition. This decision is in no way a reflection of their hard work serving our local customers,” Keene wrote.

The company hopes to transfer the majority of the 80 associates at the Big Stone Gap store to Walmart locations in Jonesville and Norton.

Keene’s full statement:

“After a careful and thoughtful review process, we have made the difficult decision to not renew the lease for our Walmart store in Big Stone Gap. We are grateful to our customers who have given us the privilege of serving themand we look forward to serving them at other area stores, including our Jonesville and Norton Supercenters, and on http://walmart.com. We will continue to serve customers in new ways across Virginia through expanded Grocery Pickup and many other innovations aimed at saving them time and money.”

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