NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — One of the oldest Kroger locations in Hampton Roads is closing its doors this winter.
The company said in news release Thursday the store on Little Creek Road, in the Wards Corner area, is being closed because of “declining sales and profitability.” In the release, Kroger said it has no plans to reopen the Farm Fresh store also located on Little Creek.
A total 102 people are employed at the Little Creek Kroger, which opened in 2000. The store is slated to closed in mid-December, around five months before the building’s lease is set to expire.
“We’re thankful for our loyal customers and we hope to see them at our nearby Hampton Roads stores,” Jerry Clontz, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division, said in a statement.
10 on your side spoke with customers who say they are loyal shoppers and they believe the closure will hurt the area.
“You get all the talk about the food deserts and I guess we are in one, it’s going to get kind of arid as far as groceries go,” said Buster Sontag.
Danny Metzgr agrees saying, “Where are all of these people in here going? Are they putting them in other stores or are they losing their jobs? I know these people by name, I’m in the store that much.”
The company sent a statement regarding employees saying: We will work with associates individually to identify store placements. We’re so thankful for our associates and our number one priority at this time is helping our associates through this transition. It is our hope to be able to relocate all 102 associates to other locations.