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Ellisville Straubs to close Oct. 31

Ellisville Straubs to close Oct. 31

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One of the newest grocery stores in the St. Louis area is soon to shut its doors.

Straub's Markets said Tuesday it plans to close its Ellisville store at the end of October. The 40,000 square foot store just opened in December.

In a statement, vice president Trip Straub said the store - which opened in the teeth of last fall's economic downturn - never reached the sales levels it needed to be sustainable.

"We were very excited to open this one-of-a-kind store here in Ellisville," Straub said. "Unfortunately, the timing didn't cooperate as the economy bottomed out and competition in the area grew."

Straub said the store, which included a cafe, bar and lounge, wine cellar and cooking school, allowed the company to "provide innovative and creative products and services to our customers." Straubs will take what it learned there and incorporate it in the company's other four stores.

Many of the store's staffers will be re-assigned, but the closing will cost about 50 jobs company-wide, Straub said.

See Wednesday's Post-Dispatch for more on this developing story.

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