Earlier this month, Save-A-Lot in the Milford Plaza Shopping Center announced that it would close on December 19. The store, which offers discount prices, is the second store in the shopping center to close this year.
“We take the decision to close any Save A Lot location very seriously, Sarah Griffin, Director of PR and Community Engagement, said. “We regularly review our stores on a number of factors. As part of this review, we made the difficult decision to forgo our lease renewal for our Milford store and will close this location on December 19. Our employees at this location have been offered the opportunity to transfer to positions in our nearby stores. We are grateful to our customers and our team members for their continuous loyalty and support. We look forward to continuing to serve customers at our other Save A Lot locations.”
During the City Council meeting on Monday, December 14, Councilwoman Katrina Wilson thanked City Manager Mark Whitfield for reaching out and confirming that the grocery store was closing in December.
“Unfortunately, it is true,” Councilwoman Wilson said. “I really hoped it was a rumor because so many of our downtown residents rely on this grocery store since they are able to walk there. This is a sad loss, especially right on top of losing Gordman’s at the other end of the shopping center this year. I really hope that another grocery store can be enticed to open in the same location.”
Many Milford residents echoed Councilwoman Wilson’s sentiments.
“I am so upset our Save A Lot is closing,” Judy Struck posted on Facebook. “Many local residents who live close by are losing a quality, convenient market. The Hispanic foods section is excellent. The produce is always fresh. For me, it’s so easy to run in and pick up a few things when I am out running errands.” Susan Newark posted surprise that the store was closing as there were already too few grocery stores in Milford.
Once the Milford store closes, the only Save A Lot locations in the area will be in Seaford and Rehoboth.