The Press Newspaper
Despite attempts by Northwood officials to keep The Andersons from closing its store in the Woodville Mall, the company could no longer tolerate staying in the deteriorating facility, where it has been located since September 1988.
On Monday, Dan Anderson, president of The Andersons Retail Group, announced what many have dreaded since the Wood County Health Department shut down the mall last year and sent most of the shops looking for another location: The Andersons will close its store by the end of February.
It has been a tough few weeks for the City of Northwood. With the loss of 185 production jobs at Hostess Brands, Inc., the city was already facing a $125,000 loss in yearly income and other tax revenue. Then word came The Andersons will close.
For a city that has been slowly recovering from the 2008 recession, which sparked layoffs and budget cuts, the loss of The Andersons and Hostess are another setback. The city will see a cut of about $43,000 per year in income tax and other tax revenue when The Andersons closes. Combined with the planned liquidation of Hostess Brands, Inc., the city will lose a total of $168,000 annually in income and other tax revenue.
“We are going to have to cut back,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson. “Not in personnel, but other stuff. We have not discussed any personnel layoffs. This is a major issue. Not just in the number of jobs we are going to lose. Many of the employees from The Andersons and Hostess live here and spend their money here. We are concerned about how this is going to affect the other businesses.”
Forty-three people who posted messages on The Press’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pressnewspapers/ expressed their disappointment by the news that The Andersons store in the Woodville Mall will close in February.
Some blamed city officials for not finding a way to keep the store open, while others criticized the public for not supporting local businesses. Many just expressed sadness to hear that the store, which has been located in the mall for 24 years, will close.
The Lake Township trustees are planning to approve a new health insurance package for township employees at their first meeting in December.
The trustees Tuesday received proposals for employee coverage for next year from Don Douglas, a contracted insurance broker, who recommended the township remain with Medical Mutual.
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