GALAX, Va. -

Two new supermarkets are opening soon in our viewing area.

The co-owner of and CEO of Hometown Grocery, LLC, Ron Martin, announced Thursday that Grant’s Supermarket will move into the former Kroger building in the downtown area of Galax.

The Galax store will be located on East Stuart Drive. Nearly 100 people showed up to express their concerns when the announcement was made that the Kroger would close its doors on March 21.

Around 50 workers were impacted by the closure.

Grant's Supermarket operates 11 stores in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia.

The supermarket will open one store soon in Bland, and the Galax store will open at an undisclosed later date.

The additions in Bland and Galax bring the total number of stores to 13.

Grant's is family owned and operated.

You can find out more about the supermarket by visiting http://shopatgrants.com/