Clay County's only grocery store, an IGA, has been closed since June 24 and will not likely reopen.

A sign on the door of Clay IGA says it is "temporarily closed," but former employees say it is closed permanently.

as Clay lost its previous supermarket in 2015, with the IGA replacing it.

The store's owner, Pamela Widener-Stout, declined to comment on the closure. She filed for bankruptcy protection June 21 under the name Clay Foods.

County Commissioner Connie Kinder says the closure is "devastating" to the county of 9,360 people.

Calhoun almost lost its only grocery store, the Grantsville Foodland, which was purchased by Gilmer businessman Ike Morris, to be remodeled and resurrected.

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