Residents in the Colonial Country Club and Texas Christian University neighborhoods will have to go an extra mile to get to a Tom Thumb grocery store.
Less than a year since it opened, the Tom Thumb in the WestBend shopping center near University Drive will close in September. The store closing will affect 61 employees, the grocery store chain told the Texas Workfore Commission on Monday.
“Because of the number of Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores we have in close proximity, we expect to place the employees in other stores,” company spokeswoman Connie Yates said.
The Tom Thumb, a 26,000-square-foot “urban concept” store, opened last December and included sushi, a pizza bar, a gourmet bakery, an expanded prepared food section and a Starbucks coffee bar. The aisles of the store also featured local street names such as Forest Park Blvd. instead of Aisle 1.
The location, which is barely visible from University Drive, was initially a Fresh Market grocery store that was also open for barely a year before it closed in May 2016. Tom Thumb’s parent company, Alberstons, purchased the store when Fresh Market decided to exit the North Texas market.
The WestBend Tom Thumb store is about three miles from another Tom Thumb “urban concept” store at the base of the West Seventh Street bridge, and is three miles from the Tom Thumb store on South Hulen Street.