After 31 years in business, Jade Garden Chinese restaurant in Walnut Creek will be shutting down.

With the end of their lease coming in February, the restaurant's owners were told they were to move out because of clause in the lease of one of the shopping center's relative newcomers, Whole Foods, according to East Bay Times.

Jennifer Hess, of Regency Centers, the developer and operator of the Encina Grande shopping center on Ygnacio Valley Road, explained in a letter to the city of Walnut Creek that the grocery store's lease precludes any restaurant from obtaining or renewing a lease in the unit currently occupied by Jade Garden.

Ying Wang, one of the owners of Jade Garden explained to East Bay Times her family expected to retire there. Now, they are trying to find another, empty restaurant space to move into.

Along with the displacement of Jade Garden comes the relocation of another store. Pat Blume and his UPS store will also be forced to shut down their Encina Grande spot, which the lease designates as a "carve out" of Wang's restaurant, according to KRON.

Regency Centers stated in their letter to the city their intention to lease the space to the Automobile Club of Northern California (AAA).

Whole Foods did not immediately reply to a request for a comment to SFGATE, and Regency Centers released a statement to East Bay Times and NBC claiming that they made the decision in order to diminish the amount of congestion at Encina Grande.

Regardless, many locals are upset about the moves — "The whole neighborhood is sort of up in arms," one Walnut Creek resident told KRON news.

Emma Heath is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her with comments or questions at Twitter: @emmabheath