LAYTON -- Loyal customers of Ream's grocery store received some sad news this week.
The store, a Layton staple for nearly 25 years, soon will be having a going- out-of-business sale.
"We'll close the store when we sell the last can of beans," said store manager Bruce Butcher.
Starting Tuesday, the store will mark every item down 10 percent. In the subsequent days, the prices will continue to drop until everything is sold.
Butcher said the store is closing because it's losing money.
"We've tread water for the past eight years, ever since Walmart opened across the street," Butcher said. "The Reams family has put extra money into the store, but they can't afford to do that any more."
"It's always a loss when an established business decides to make a move like this," said Mayor Steve Curtis. "Yet it's in their best interest. Naturally they know their market analysis."
Butcher said the Reams Western clothing store will stay open.
A new wall will divide the Western clothing store from the grocery store, and Ream's will lease the vacant space to one or two new tenants.
This will be the second grocery store in Layton to close in the past eight months.
Dick's Market closed at the end of December. WinCo Foods, a discount grocery store that was supposed to begin building earlier this year in the Fort Lane Village, has delayed its construction until a time yet to be determined.
Curtis said he doesn't believe that Layton is home to too many grocery stores.
"I know that we are being looked at as a city by numerous other grocers in different areas of the city, so it's only a temporary setback as far as the grocery business," Curtis said.
Still, loyal customers who heard the news when they went shopping this week were somber as they left the store.
"It makes me sad," said Emily McAllister, of Layton. "We come here a lot for produce and meat, and this will be a big loss for our community."
It is those loyal customers that Butcher will miss the most.
A wall near the front of the store is lined with pictures of employees and customers.
"We just want to say thank you so much to our regular customers who supported us and kept us here this long," Butcher said.
While the five employees of the Western clothing side will stay employed, the 25 employees of the grocery store have been offered positions at the Ream's stores throughout the Salt Lake City area.
Butcher said some will likely take those jobs and make the long drive, while others will look for employment elsewhere.