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Shop Rite in Rocky Top to close

Rocky Top’s only grocery store will soon close its doors.

The Shop Rite in Rocky Top will close as early as next week, costing 18 employees their jobs and forcing customers to have to drive farther to purchase groceries.

The store mamagers are in the process of trying to secure financing in order to purchase the store and reopen it under a new name, but those efforts are ongoing and will likely take a few months to come to fruition.

The closest grocery store for shoppers in Rocky Top once the Shop Rite shuts down will be the Clinton Walmart, about eight miles away.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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