The Great American stores on State Street in Watertown and Route 3 in Star Lake will close.
The owner, L.K.B. Enterprises, wrote on Facebook Tuesday that it could not “overcome the ever changing landscape of the grocery business, its expenses, and extreme competition from the corporate giants,” resulting in the closure of the two north country stores at an unspecified date. It also announced the June 8 closure of its Boonville store on Facebook in May.
Randall D. “Randy” Lockwood, family owner and manager of the stores, could not be reached for comment.
“We can no longer service the community the way that we want and have for the last 23 years in Watertown, and the last 3 years in Star Lake,” the company wrote in its Tuesday post on Facebook.
Former owner Lynn R. Lockwood purchased the Watertown and Boonville Great American stores from their bankrupt owner, Victory Markets Inc., Utica, in 1996, saving them from closure and dozens of workers from losing their jobs.
Randall Lockwood opened the Great American in Star Lake and employed about a dozen people in 2016. The next year, he opened a new barbecue eatery in his Watertown store, Holy Smokes N’ Floats Barbecue Snack Shack.