The Fresh Market is closing 13 stores nationwide including the northeast Cedar Rapids location and one in West Des Moines.

The Cedar Rapids store has been open for less than two years. The West Des Moines location opened less than eight months ago. The stores will reportedly close May 18.

Fresh Market CEO Rick Anicetti said in a press release “the decision to close these stores is a difficult but necessary step with the end goal of producing a stronger, more agile company. This shift also allows us to focus our energy and resources on the growth of our remaining stores, as well as new stores we have planned in the future. Current employees can apply at other locations and eligible employees will receive separation packages."