Shoppers mourn loss of grocery stores


Kroger is closing its stores on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and New Bern Avenue next month because both have reportedly been losing too much money.

When news first got out that the two Kroger stores were closing, many loyal customers were upset.

"I was depressed. I was sad. I walked in with a pouty face and I ask the customer service girls, why," said shopper Lisette Vargas. "And they say 'Not enough business', and I say how? It was full. They had good sales. But, you can't put a stop to what has to be done."

Some shoppers said they'll simply go elsewhere, but others in community say that's not an option for many nearby residents who walk to Kroger.

"I just go somewhere else, basically. But it really will affect the elderly people that don't have a way of getting around and the people that don't have cars," said Shirley Rowland.

For some it's the convenience of the location, for others it's the amenities these stores have provided, including the bank and the pharmacy.

"That's going to be the biggest," said Bettie Warren. "So I'll have to find another pharmacy."

Earlier this month, concerned neighbors and residents came together for a community meeting to discuss the closings. While it may be too late to talk Kroger into staying, they are pushing to get a new grocery store in place, and soon.

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