SALT LAKE CITY  – Associated Food Stores Inc. announced Thursday that the company will close the Fresh Market located at 6989 South 1300 East in Cottonwood Heights on March 25.

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In a news release by the Salt Lake-based grocery wholesaler stated the store was part of a 34-store group of Albertsons supermarkets that was purchased by Associated Food Stores in 2009.

According to the statement, the location had underperformed since the previous owner opened the facility years ago and store sales continued to lag. The store closure is part of the company’s strategic consolidation efforts aimed at benefiting the entire membership group of Associated Food Stores, the release stated.