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Parksley's Only Grocery Store Closed

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PARKSLEY, Va. - The only grocery store in the small town of Parksley closed its doors for good this week leaving town residents shocked and wondering why.

Richard Tatum is from nearby Mears and said that he is in Parksley quite often.  Tatum drove to the Fresh Pride grocery store on Friday only to find the doors locked and the shelves empty inside.

"I feel for them.  They got this place here where they can get bread and stuff from the dollar general, but other than that, there's no more grocery stores except for about 7 miles south of here in Onley."

WBOC spoke with Scott Beavers, the chief operating officer for Camellia Food Stores Inc., the company that owns the Fresh Pride chain, over the phone today.  Beavers said the store hasn't made money in over a year and just couldn't compete with the Walmart in Onley.  However, Parksley's Mayor, James Eichalberger, said Fresh Pride closing is a major inconvenience for people in town.

"The loss is for the elderly people that live in town.  The widows that don't have transportation, they get their neighbors to bring them here to buy their groceries.  Now, they've got to get some kind of way to go about 10 miles down the road," said Mayor Eichalberger.

The mayor said the store had about 15 employees who are now out of a job.  And Shane Davis of nearby Bloxom said his elderly grandmother is now out of a place to buy food.

"She likes to come here to get groceries because they're sometimes cheaper than other stores and you know, it's just a lot closer," said Davis.

Now, the closest Fresh Pride grocery stores to Parksley are  in Exmore and Chincoteague, both miles down the road in either direction.

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