Green Frog Market shutters newest store for good

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Green Frog Market's northeast Bakersfield store will remain permanently shuttered.

The announcement about the Bakersfield staple was made Tuesday morning. According to store's president, Scott Hair, the location at Columbus and Oswell streets was not able to complete a remodeling plan. Hair also said the big retailers nearby were too much competition.

"We probably waited longer than we should to close the store," Hair said.

The store closed in November, but owners held out hope of reopening a more streamlined version.

The store on Oswell is now a void area, with empty shelves and a sign that encourages customers to visit the store on Bernard Street. Green Frog, which is locally owned and recently celebrated its 77th anniversary, will continue to operate its store at Alta Vista Drive and Bernard.

As for the employees, Hair said they will have to find other jobs. Lack of employment, however, does not seem to be the only issue for some of the now-former employees.

Cashier Linda Payton said she was laid off from the Green Frog store on Bernard. Payton said a manager told her the layoff was due to downsizing in the company, but employees would receive vacation and severance pay.

"I just want my money," Payton said. "I don't know if it'll happen or not."

The company told Eyewitness News it will not be commenting on anything that involves ongoing employee negotiations.

Green Frog first opened in 1934 on the southeast corner of Chester and California avenues, but that store is no longer operating. The Alta Vista location came about in 1946 and expanded to the supermarket level in 1952, according to the company's website.

The Green Frog Market Country Club Plaza store, which was the one closed on Oswell, opened in 1998.