(Source: NBC12)
(Source: NBC12)

(WWBT) –

Martin’s will be closing its five remaining stores in Central Virginia during the first week of August.

The closure of these stores means that Martin’s will no longer have a presence in Central Virginia less than a year and a half after the first report that the company was exploring selling its locations.

Many stores in the area were purchased by Publix.

“We want to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication over the years, and we are grateful for the loyalty of our many customers,” said Tom Lenkevich, president of GIANT/MARTIN’S.

The line of people waiting for Martin’s to open Wednesday morning was long – as they have half-off meats today for their closing.

NBC12 spoke to people in line who typically shop at the Martin’s store. They are concerned because…