Surprising news on the local grocery store scene — a Harris Teeter store is giving up the ghost and closing down in late April.

The Burn has confirmed that the Harris Teeter grocery store in the Shops at Moorefield Village shopping center in Ashburn is scheduled to close on April 25.

We are told the closure is not directly related to the current coronavirus pandemic. Rather that the closure had been in the works for some time and happened to coincide with the current crisis.

The store — just off Loudoun County Parkway near the intersection with Mooreview Parkway — has a reputation as the “loneliest” Harris Teeter in the area due to the belief that not a lot of people shop there. Indeed, the whole shopping center — part of the greater Moorefield development coming around the new Metro station — has never really seemed to take off. There has been turn-over in the few retails spaces available, occasional empty storefronts and undeveloped pad sites.

The loss of the 52,000 s.f. supermarket isn’t going to help matters unless the owners get another tenant lined up quickly.

Hat tip to readers Jamie Musson and E.M. for the news tip about the upcoming closure.

(Image at top: KLNB)