By Max Hrenda
Carter County residents who shop at the Hometown IGA grocery at the Betsytowne Shopping Center will have to make a longer drive after Dec. 22.
Store employees and a corporate source confirmed that the store will be closing its doors three days before Christmas.
The closing will mark the third time in eight years that a grocery chain will take its sign down from the building’s marquee.
When asked why the grocery was closing, store employees referred Star staff to their regional manager, wh
o could not be reached for comment.
IGA’s departure will not only be a surprise to its patrons, but to city and county officials as well. Tom Anderson, president of Carter County Tomorrow, said that he had no knowledge of the store closing.