Wohlner's Aksarben Village location to close

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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 12:00 am

The Wohlner's Neighborhood Grocery & Deli at Aksarben Village is closing.

A post Monday on the store's Facebook page said the supermarket near 67th and Center Streets “will be closing shortly,” and is offering “20 percent off to liquidate.”

Signs announcing the grocery store's closing were posted inside the store Monday. An employee said he had been told the store was expected to close May 23.

The Wohlner's at Midtown Crossing remains open and is not affected by the Aksarben location's impending closure.

Mike Schwartz, owner of Wohlner's at Midtown Crossing, sold Wohlner's at Aksarben to Rama Kilaru in December 2012.

Kilaru could not be reached Monday for comment.

At the time of the store's sale, Schwartz said he wanted to focus on the Midtown location.

As part of the deal, Kilaru kept the Wohlner's name.

Paul Dietsch, vice president of administration and development at Noddle Cos., said the firm has been talking to “other tenants about coming into the space very soon.”

Noddle is the lead developer of Aksarben Village.

Wohlner's at Aksarben Village opened in 2008. Schwartz moved the family grocery store to the Aksarben development from 5205 Leavenworth St., where it had been located since the 1930s.

In 2010, Schwartz opened the Midtown Crossing location just a few blocks from his grandfather's original store at 33rd and California Streets. Wohlner's was founded by Schwartz's grandfather, Albert Wohlner, in 1918.

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