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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – North city residents protested the closing of the Schnucks grocery store on Kossuth Avenue Monday night, arguing that they want a meeting with CEO Todd Schnuck and the property owner before it closes for good this weekend.

They're worried the building will stay vacant, and they hope to reach an agreement for another full-service grocery store.

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Here's the rebuttal from Schnucks:

Schnucks leaders have a long-standing commitment to the residents of the Kossuth neighborhood and because of that our CEO Todd Schnuck has indicated that he would be open to help another identified grocer to come into the space. As for Schnucks, we have applied our best efforts to turning the store around and, having exhausted all options, the Schnucks Kossuth store will close at 6 p.m. on May 10.

All 65 employees at the store will be transferred to another location. Schnucks President and CEO Todd Schnuck says the 28,000 square-foot store has continuously operated in the red.

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