Remke Markets is closing one of its Greater Cincinnati stores.
The Erlanger-based independent grocer won’t renew its lease at its Pleasant Ridge store location in order to focus its efforts on remodeling and upgrading more viable store locations, it announced Monday.
The store at 3240 Highland Ave. is expected to close on Saturday, June 25, following the liquidation of its inventory. That process is expected to begin on May 31.
“It’s always a difficult decision to close a store, as we are committed to our customers and associates across all of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” Remke president Matthew Remke said in a statement. “We will continue delivering on our promise of a local, neighborhood grocery with exceptional service in a convenient location. There is definitely customer demand for Remke’s neighborhood shopping experience in this very competitive grocery market. I’m genuinely excited about the good things on the horizon as we remain steadfast in our focus on our loyal customers and valued associates.”
The Pleasant Ridge store employs 54 associates. They will have the opportunity to explore available positions at other Remke Markets locations, and eligible employees who don’t take those positions will receive outplacement support and severance benefits.
Remke closed one of its stores on the West Side last summer while downsizing the other.
Remke, a family company that launched in 1897, still operates 10 markets in Greater Cincinnati and is investing $500,000 to $750,000 on enhancements at its Skytop and Taylor Mill locations while also investing in new e-commerce opportunities.