The Save-A-Lot grocery store at 1031-B Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris will be closing down, with March 12 set to be its final day of operations.

Shelby McMurray, assistant store manager, said Thursday that staff members were informed by Houchens Industries, Save-A-Lot’s corporate parent, that the store’s lease would not be renewed.

Save-A-Lot has operated in Paris since the 1980s. The store’s original owner, the late Jim Adams, first announced the opening of the store in February 1984.

The store was owned and operated by Adams and Sullivan Company until 2001.

Adams and David Sullivan agreed to sell their company to Houchens in August 2001, giving it the rights to 35 Save-A-Lot stores including the one in Paris.

Houchens Industries Inc. is headquartered in Bowling Green, Ky., and owns stores of more than 20 different companies, including Save-A-Lot and IGA stores, according to its website.

Messages left with the corporate offices of Houchens were not returned. Plans for the Save-A-Lot building’s future are unknown.

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