WINCHESTER, Va. - Even just half an hour after opening, the aisles of the Winchester Fresh Market are full and the shelves are bare.
The company announced Monday it is closing 15 stores, including the Winchester location, this summer.
"I couldn't believe how empty it already is," said Don Keener, shopping at the store Wednesday morning. "Just crazy how fast things are disappearing."
"We have decided to close these long-term, under-performing stores," said Larry Appel, CEO of the North Carolina-based company, in a statement. "We will work to relocate as many impacted employees as possible to other stores within our footprint."
The company says they do not plan to close any more stores in the near future, but shoppers say they're disappointed. Many go to Fresh Market for organic products they just can't find elsewhere.
"I've never gone in there and not found what I wanted, so that's why I'm really kinda sad that the store is closing," said Janis Thomas. "It just gives me everything I need."
"It's sad to see it's happening, because they offer so many different things other stores don't have," said Keener. "It was a great thing they came to the area and now they're leaving. I just wish they were able to make it work."