Nearly 20 employees will be looking for work after the closing of Weber's IGA -- though when that will be is still up in the air.
IGA owner Jake Weber announced this week that after seven years of serving as Payson's "Hometown Proud" grocer, he was calling it quits in the Payson market.
"We won't be closing until we can liquidate all of the merchandise," Weber said. "Then, we'll button it up."
He said competition is forcing him out of business.
"With both supermarkets expanding and the addition of groceries soon at Wal-Mart, it will greatly impact food sales in the area," Weber said in a press release. "The old saying, 'The pie is only so big, no matter how you slice it,' is so true."
Over the years, Weber's IGA established itself not only as a hometown grocer, but also as a business concerned about the community's needs.
"Jake was always there for us when we needed food, or a place to put our Angel Tree at Christmas," said Santa's List President Scott Smith.
"I have worked with several difference organizations since Jake has been the owner of IGA," said Brenda Martell. "One thing I've found is that IGA has been community-oriented, not only with the toy drive, but also with the Christian school, as well. He's been very supportive of the children and the community. He will be missed."
Weber said his staff was notified of the closure before anyone else, allowing them the opportunity to pursue other employment.
"Experienced, loyal employees with a positive attitude are an asset to any company," he said. "With the increase of supermarket square-footage and a new Wal-Mart format, job availability certainly will present itself, and I would encourage consideration should local businesses be looking for staff."
In the meantime, Weber's is holding a storewide 20 percent-off sale to help clear the shelves. Customers will also earn a free turkey for every purchase of more than $250.