Dahl’s Foods announced today that it plans to close two of the grocery chain’s 13 locations.


The Ames and Ankeny locations will close, based on poor performance, according to a press release. The news was given to store employees this morning. Nearly 45 full-time and approximately 80 part-time positions will be affected the closings. Employees will be able to apply for open positions at other store locations.


“These changes, while not easy decisions, will allow us to focus on serving customers in our core neighborhood locations,” Dahl’s CEO Craig Moore said in the release. “This is a strategic business move, one that we feel will help us continue to provide customers in greater Des Moines the best grocery experience possible.”


When each store will close remains uncertain, but both locations will remain open until store inventory is liquidated. In the meantime, the company will focus on updating other locations throughout Greater Des Moines, which includes modifications to store layouts.


Dahl’s has listed the real estate of each of the closed locations.


In 2011, the company sold four Greater Des Moines stores in a leaseback arrangement. Operating as Foods Inc., the company sold buildings and land at 3425 Ingersoll Ave., 4121 Fleur Drive and 1819 Beaver Ave. in Des Moines for a total of $19.5 million, according to Polk County officials. The Dahl’s store at 5440 N.W. 86th St. in Johnston sold for $8.4 million. Those stores continue to fly under the Dahl’s flag.


Dahl’s was founded in 1931. Its remaining 11 locations are all in the Greater Des Moines area.