Eagle Foods Centers Inc. has announced the closing of nine stores, including the Eagle Country Market on East Kimberly Road in Davenport.
A company spokesperson said the stores will be closed by the end of the second quarter of the fiscal year in September. An East Kimberly store employee said about 30 full-time and 10 part-time employees will lose their jobs there, although they may be able to transfer to other Eagle locations if positions are available.
In April, the Milan-based regional grocery store chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years. The company has not filed a reorganization plan, and company executives have said stores are for sale on either an individual basis or collectively.
"The closing of these nine stores was determined by performance. These were under-performing stores,'' said Anita-Marie Hill Laurie, a public relations representative for Eagle.
Employees of the store at 2100 E. Kimberly Road were notified Tuesday that it will be among those closing. The others to be closed are Eagle Food centers in Iowa City, Freeport, Westmont, Decatur and Macomb, Ill., two locations in Springfield, Ill., and BOGO's Food and Deals in Princeton, Ill.
"The rumors have been going around for some time,'' said a 28-year employee who declined to give his name. "We've all been able to see that there were fewer customers.''
The closings will leave Eagle with 50 stores.
More coverage of this story will be published in Thursday editions of the QUAD-CITY TIMES.
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