Grifton’s only grocery store to close this weekend


One Grifton resident tells WNCT’s Aaron Deane she is concerned about losing the only store the town has.

“This is being the only store in town this impacts everybody from not only the young generation but the elderly,” said Qiana Chapman, Grifton resident. Because we do have a lot of elderly people in this area who are up in age and this is the local store for fresh produce, meats you know survival for some people and having to travel to Kinston or Ayden that’s a big jump.”

The Tropicana Supermarket is set to close this weekend.

Forcing residents to travel to nearby Kinston or Ayden for fresh produce and meat.

The store has been in Grifton for about two years

But the owner said it’s had a hard time rebounding since Hurricane Florence.

“Because of the last flood we were out of power for almost two weeks and we lose everything,” said Emmanuel Bautista, owner of Tropicana. I feel bad for the town because this is the only store they have.”

9 On Your Side was the first to alert the town manager about the store closing.

Mark Warren said this is deeply disappointing to hear since this is the only store in the town but hopes to have another one in the town soon.

Our camera wasn’t allowed inside the store but we were able to see that the freezer and produce section were almost empty and the employees were packing items away.

The store is set to close this weekend.

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