10/22/2015 10:17 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Fresh & Easy grocery chain to shutter all of its stores, lay off 3,000 employees

TORRANCE, Calif. — Fresh & Easy will shutter all 97 of its remaining stores in California, Arizona and Nevada and cease operations after nearly a decade of struggling to catch on with consumers.

The Daily Breeze newspaper reports ( the grocery chain, headquartered in Torrance, California, announced Wednesday that all 3,000 of its employees will be laid off.

The company closed about 50 of its stores in March.

Fresh & Easy made a big splash in 2007, backed by British supermarket giant Tesco, which saw an opportunity to enter the U.S. market.

California-based The Yucaipa Cos. bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013.

The newspaper says the first layoffs are expected a week from Friday.


Information from: Daily Breeze,

The Associated Press