Springfield Kroger to close next year

Kroger has decided to close one of its stores in Springfield early next year, saying the store at 2300 N. Limestone St. has not been profitable.

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The grocery chain, based in Cincinnati, has decided not to renew the lease on that location, said Erin Rolfes, a spokeswoman for the Kroger Co. About 88 employees work at the store now, and she said they will be able to work at other area locations.

“This particular store has not been making money for the past several years so we just decided to close it,” Rolfes said.

The company is investing a total of $10 million at two other nearby stores, including a location at 2989 Derr Road that is just shy of two miles away. Company officials decided those locations will be able to serve the North Limestone store’s customers. The North Limestone store will not close until the renovations are complete.

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Earlier this year, the company said it was scrapping previous plans to build a roughly $20 million Marketplace grocery store in Springfield's southern corridor. At that time, Rolfes said the company was instead devoting resources to boosting technology and making improvements in existing stores.

The same rationale applied to the recent decision to close the North Limestone location, she said. She said the company’s investment in the remaining locations in Springfield show the company is still committed to the city.

“Kroger is still committed to Springfield as a region,” Rolfes said.


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