CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The Save-A-Lot grocery store in Charleston will close by the end of next month, according to one of the store's owners.

The store at 1400 Lincoln Ave. has been open since 1995 but is closing because "it's time to exit the market," according to Todd Martin, one of the store's owners.

Martin said closing the store was due to a decision to "downsize," but he refused to elaborate.

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He said when the store will close will depend largely on when the remaining grocery items are sold or can be moved to another location.

It has to be closed by July 31 because that's when the owner of the building wants to advertise it for sale or lease, Martin said.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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