In a press release earlier this week, the corporation stated that it was closing stores on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and New Bern Avenue in mid-January. “Due to lowering financial returns, the difficult decision was made to close the locations in an effort to maintain the grocer’s commitment to low prices and quality food products for customers across North Carolina,” the press release stated. “Although Kroger has continued to use its resources to improve each location, both have been unprofitable for the company.”
The release added: “Kroger is committed to continuing its support of the local community through nonprofit and charitable organizations as well as assisting employees in securing employment in any of its 14 other locations across the Triangle.”
Kroger’s New Bern Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard stores have been in operation since 1993 and 2002 respectively, the release stated.
“We are truly saddened to see the doors close to locations that have been present in the community for more than a decade,” said Carl York, advertising & public relations manager for Kroger’s mid-Atlantic marketing region. “We thank all the customers who are loyal shoppers at these stores and encourage them to visit our other locations in the Triangle. Kroger will continue its commitment to invest in our local community however we can.”