SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Store employees were told on Monday morning that the Kroger grocery store on Savannah's southside will be closing on March 23.
Kroger has been operating at the Savannah Place shopping center for 26 years. In a release, Kroger's Corporate Affairs Division says the decision to close the store came as a result of "declining sales and negative profit over an extended period of time".
More than 100 employees are being considered for jobs at one of the other six Kroger locations throughout Savannah as part of the company's collective bargaining agreement.
"I'm honestly shocked they're closing. It looks like they're doing pretty good. The parking lot stays packed, but they have just opened a Walmart right down the street. Both have grocery stores, both have fresh produce, so between Walmart and Publix, they may be a good competitor that's running them out of business," said Alonzo Wright.
"I can't believe that every time I'm in there it's always busy, especially the Starbucks, I go there for the Starbucks so now I have to go to the Target One and the target One doesn't open till later and it closes early. I'm really surpised that it's closing," said Brooke Livingston.
Kroger officials say the following locations will be able to help those affected by this closure:
- 5720 Ogeechee Rd. Savannah, GA 31405
- Seven Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31406
- 318 Mall Blvd., Suite 100, Savannah, GA 31406