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Wegmans is closing one of its largest grocery stores. Its unusual location affected business

The Wegmans supermarket chain is closing one of its largest and most unusual stores because it isn’t attracting enough business.

NATICK, Mass. — The Wegmans supermarket chain is closing one of its largest and most unusual stores because it isn’t attracting enough business, the company said.

The Natick, Massachusetts store will close at an undetermined date this summer, the Rochester, New York-based company said in a statement Thursday.

“Making these decisions is not easy. However, we do this for the long-term benefit of our people, our customers and our communities,” regional human resources director Brian McKendrick said in the statement. “Unfortunately, this unusual location has not attracted enough customers to make our business model work.”

The 134,000-square-foot (12,450-square-meter) store opened in 2018 in a space within the Natick Mall occupied by JCPenney department store. It is the supermarket chain’s first two-level store in a major mall.

The store housed a full-service Mexican restaurant until it closed in 2019.

The store has 365 employees, and all are offered positions at the company’s five other Boston-area locations. There are no plans to close any other stores in the state, the statement said. Wegmans has more than 100 stores on the East Coast.

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