NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Jim's Local Market, which many viewed as a means to end the food desert in the Southeast Community, will close its doors on January 31.

Owner Jim Scanlon told 13News Now the reason for closing was low sales and a lack of profitability since the grocery store opened in May 2016.

Scanlon said there were some negotiations taking place, so he did not want to comment further about the situation.

Kim Lee, spokeswoman for the City of Newport News, provided 13News Now with the following statement Monday:

It is disappointing that Mr. Scanlon has decided to close his store, and we are working toward an orderly and swift transition to a new operator. Mr. Scanlon has introduced three prospects to us, one of which has issued a Letter of Intent. All parties are actively engaged to insure that another full-service grocery store opens at the premises as soon as possible.