By Jacob Sturm
Homeland located near the corner of Mustang Road and Reno Ave. is closing on May 14, but the employees will not be out of jobs.
In fact, the closing is more of a move for the company.
Craig Nelson, the Chief Operating Officer at Homeland, provided the outlook of the closing location with some of the next steps the chain is planning to do.
“We have a newer store out on Cornwell about 2 miles away,” Nelson said. “(It’s) a much bigger store. The lease on this store is running out. We’re not renewing that lease, so we will be moving those employees. Most of them will be going to the other store there in Yukon. The ones that don’t go there will probably go to other nearby stores that we operate.”
Nelson did not know what the plans for the leased location that will not be renewed.
He said the chain encourages folks who go to the closing location to go try the newer location where most employees will be moving into. There is some incentive the business is offering for the customers who do come.
“Until May 14, we are updating our customers email addresses,” Nelson said. “So, if they come in and give us their new email address, it’ll be put into a drawing. We’ll be doing a drawing each week and giving away a $500 gift card. At the end of that drawing, I guess May 14 would be the end, we have a 65-inch TV we’re also giving away.”
Nelson estimated the number of products the store in Yukon is offering will be double of what customers at the closing location would see in the store. The newer location offers a full-service oil shop, a fully staffed pharmacy and a larger produce operation for customers convenience.
Homeland is an Oklahoma-based Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company. That means the employees have stock in the company, an incentive for the company to succeed to employees.
The newer location is located at 2400 S. Cornwell in Yukon.