For more than a decade, it gave it a go. But in the end, sales were just not strong enough to warrant keeping the Nesters Food Market open at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Gordon Drive.
The Jim Pattison Group, which is Western Canada’s largest grocery retailer, confirmed the local Nesters will close forever on June 15.
“The decision to close a store is never something that we take lightly,” reads a statement from the company.
“We have undertaken exhaustive efforts over the years to try to find ways to make this store economically viable, but unfortunately, we simply do not have a sales volume that allows us to remain open.”
With the decision to shutter the store made, Pattison Group is turning its attention to trying to place as many staff in other grocery stores within the group.
Pattison brands in Kelowna include Save-On, Urban Fare, Nature’s Fare, Choices and another Nesters near the airport.
“To the extent that we cannot accommodate, we will assist the rest of our people to find alternate employment that suits their situations as soon as possible,” continued the statement.
“We are so grateful to the team members who have worked hard to provide great service every day.”
Nesters is the anchor tenant in the commercial space at the base of the 16-storey Centuria Urban Village condominium complex.
The Nesters space was built specifically for a grocery store when Centuria was being developed over 10 years ago.
Options for the space include finding another grocery store tenant, which may be difficult considering Nesters is closing citing poor sales.
Or the square footage may be carved into smaller spaces for several possible tenants.
Other tenants currently in commercial space include Shoppers Drug Mart and Centuria Medical Clinic.