We may be on the verge of emerging from the pandemic, but so is the explosive trend of store closures that has accompanied it. Since 2020, countless businesses have reduced their retail presence by closing brick-and-mortar stores, and shoppers shouldn’t expect this to ease off anytime soon. In fact, Kroger and another popular grocery chain will be closing stores starting this month. Read on to find out if your grocer is formwork.
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Several grocery chains have recently closed locations.
Grocery stores have been little spared the recent retail apocalypse as closures have hit businesses across the board.
From early June to late July, popular chains Sprouts Farmers Market, Aldi and Lidl separately closed stores in the US. More recently, from August through October, Kroger closed several different locations. And other popular businesses like ShopRite, Whole Foods, and Giant Eagle have all already confirmed store closures for the month of November.
As it turns out, Kroger isn’t done closing stores, and now another grocery chain is also making cuts.
More grocery stores are closing starting this month.
The first new grocery chain closures will affect shoppers at Northgate González Market, a popular Mexican grocer based in California. The Orange County Register reported Oct. 24 that the company plans to close two of its stores in Santa Ana, California. According to the newspaper, the closures are set to take place earlier this month, but an exact date has not been announced.
Meanwhile, Kroger continues with the closures. As CBS affiliate WOWK reported Oct. 31, the popular Cincinnati-based company just announced that it will be closing the Kroger store in Gassaway, West Virginia. James MeneesCorporate affairs manager at Kroger Mid-Atlantic, told the news outlet that location will close in early 2023, but didn’t give an exact date for that closure either.
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Northgate González Market will open new stores.
However, shoppers at Northgate González Market in Santa Ana won’t necessarily have to go without their favorite Mexican grocery chain due to the closure of two stores. According to The Orange County Register, the company is opening a new location in the city in early November, around the same time it is closing its two existing locations. In fact, the new Northgate González Market store is set to act as a replacement for the two smaller, older stores that are closing.
“Our food brand’s continued commitment to Santa Ana residents gives us the opportunity to bring local consumers an expanded, fresh and new authentically Mexican shopping experience in a beautiful, larger and innovative format with enhanced customer service that will exceed all expectations,” Oscar GonzalesNorthgate’s co-president said in a statement per Winsight Grocery Business.
But Kroger already has more closures in the works.
Kroger said it will close its Gassaway store after “several years of poor performance and profitability,” WOWK reported. According to the news agency, this location opened in 1979 and is the smallest of Kroger’s 109 stores in the Mid-Atlantic division.
“Closing a store is a difficult decision that we take very seriously,” Raya truck, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division, said in a statement. “The low financial returns of this store made it impossible to continue operations while maintaining our low price promise to our customers.”
Unfortunately for shoppers, the company has more store closures planned for the future. In early October, the grocery chain confirmed it would be closing two stores in the Metro Atlanta area: one in Decatur on December 2 and the other in Buckhead on December 9. Fox 5 Atlanta reported that the decision to close the Decatur Kroger was due to “declining sales and negative profits.” It was smaller compared to other Kroger stores because locals referred to the location as “Baby Kroger,” according to Atlanta Intown.