Iga Grocery Store Closing Its Doors

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It was Halloween 1991 when Jake Weber began operating Weber's IGA in what was previously Fairway.

Seven years later, Weber is closing the store at the Payson Center with a clearance sale to help empty the shelves.

Beginning Wednesday, Weber's IGA will open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with 20 percent off all merchandise storewide, while supplies last. Customers will also earn a free turkey with every purchase over $250.

Though store officials are publicizing the closing with an advertisement in today's Roundup, they declined further comment.

Weber has one other store in Sedona.
Meanwhile, construction on what was to be Payson's fourth grocery store -- the Wal-Mart Supercenter -- has been pushed back another six months.

"Basically, what's happening is that Wal-Mart is trying to figure out how to meet the town's water requirements," said Cynthia Lin, Wal-Mart director of community affairs for the company's west region.

Payson Public Works Director Buzz Walker said Wal-Mart is being held by conditions in its zoning approval that limit water use to 150,000 gallons a month.

He said store officials are researching the drip irrigation system in the plant nursery and low water use fixtures throughout the store.

"What they want to do is be certain they can fulfill their commitment to the town," he said. "They're just exploring some options as to how they can honor their agreement.

"From my assessment of it, they'll do just fine, but they have to satisfy themselves."

Lin said Wal-Mart is planning to begin construction at the new site on the Beeline Highway across from Payson Town Hall at the beginning of next year.

According to Lin, the company is "absolutely committed" to building the Payson Supercenter.

A number of other supercenters are being built by Wal-Mart around the state.

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