The Lawrence Food Barn store, 1900 W. 23rd, has been sold to another supermarket chain and is scheduled to close Oct. 17, according to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Mo.-based grocer.
Pete Rahwalt, Food Barn's senior vice president of human resources, declined to say who had bought the 33,500-square-foot store. The new owner probably will not announce plans for reopening until after the store closes, he said.
Martin A. Hugo Jr., an Overland Park commercial realty agent who was helping Food Barn market the Lawrence store, could not be reached for comment today.
The Lawrence store was one of a dozen that Food Barn decided to sell. The company, which last spring had 59 stores in Kansas and Missouri, has struggled under heavy debt since the chain, formerly Safeway's Kansas City division, was acquired in 1988 in a management-led buyout.