Store Closing Won't Affect Lufkin's Economy

The Randalls supermarket in Lufkin is expected to shut down by the end of the year. Dozens of employees will be out of a job.

The City of Lufkin as a whole will also be impacted. The quicker those workers can get back to work, the less the community will be affected.

City leaders plan to provide relief through unemployment benefits, training, financial counseling, and job placement services to laid-off Randalls employees.

Linda Parker, vice president of Business and Community Development, said, "Our sales tax--since our increase--has been so good. With most of it being a grocery store and most of the goods and services being tax exempt, we don't really expect a really big sales tax impact at all."

The Randalls store in Lufkin has about 35 full-time employees and more than 30 part-time workers.