An area grocery chain with roots in Floyd County is closing one of its locations.
Wade’s Supermarket announced this week it is closing its Radford location on West Main Street, leaving the company with stores in Christiansburg and and Dublin.
Greg Wade, owner of the independent, family-owed chain, said competition from big box stores and supermarket chains just across the New River in Fairlawn made it impossible for the Radford location to survive.
Wade’s Foods started in Alum Ridge in 1925 as a family mercantile store by Haden and Elinor Wade until 1940 when they moved to Christiansburg and dabbled in other business ventures until they returned to the grocery business with the first Wades Supermarket at 305 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg in 1950.
Expansion included locations in Radford and Dublin. The Radford store opened in 1998.
The Radford operation is already displaying “Going Out of Business Signs” and is expected to close its door by the end of March.