DES MOINES, Iowa – Another Dahls Supermarket is closing, the third one announced in the past three months. And loyal customers aren’t too happy about it.
It’s been a good run. For 56 years, the Dahls just off Grand Avenue served the people of the Prospect neighborhood in West Des Moines. On Friday, the “store closing” sign went up. In the end, old age took it’s toll. “Based on it’s performance and what we felt needed to be done with the store of that age it just wasn’t in our best competitive nature to continue with operating that store.” said Dahls spokeswoman Margie Hawks.
But customers say what Dahls considers a weakness, was this store’s greatest strength. “We moved here in ’71,” shopper Becky Lamb said. “The store’s always been here. We’re just over on 13th street so it’s very convenient. Good place to shop. Friendly people. You know, it’s gonna be sad to see it go.”
40-people are employed at the Prospect store. Management tells those employees will be offered jobs at other Dahls stores.