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Grocery planned for former Kroger in southeast Raleigh

Posted July 28

— A discount store chain has purchased the site of a former Kroger supermarket in southeast Raleigh and plans to open a grocery store, officials said Monday.

Variety Wholesales, the chain run by state budget director Art Pope that includes Roses and Maxway stores, is buying the vacant building at 1610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to provide a grocery store for the community.

Kroger closed the store, along with one at 4111 New Bern Ave., in January 2013, citing below-average sales.

The New Bern Avenue site reopened within a month as a Carlie Cā€™s IGA supermarket, but southeast Raleigh residents and city officials struggled to bring a grocery store back to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Southeast Raleigh is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a "food desert," an urban area where the poverty rate is at least 20 percent and at least 33 percent of residents have limited access to a supermarket or large grocery store. After the Kroger store closed, residents had to trek several miles ā€“ sometimes on foot, sometimes taking various buses ā€“ to get to the nearest supermarket.

Variety Wholesalers bought the property last week for $2.57 million. It has an assessed tax value of $5.65 million.

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  • gmuny33 Jul 29, 11:16 a.m.

    Not every inner city, etc...correction

  • 50s Child Jul 29, 11:13 a.m.

    "Kroger/Harris Teeter aren't patrons of Urban citizens..."

    What does that even mean? Are "Urban citizens" opening businesses? Are they selling stuff? And how would a store "patronize" a person?

    Or did you mean to say in plain language that blacks are downtrodden victims, and the lack of stores has nothing to do with danger, theft, and crime in the "communities" they inhabit and cultivate?

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jul 29, 10:05 a.m.

    gmuny33Jul 29, 9:48 a.m.


    Congrats Southeast, that has to be blessing coming your way. Regardless of eco status, families still need food, and the ability to provide for children, within a reasonable distance. Kroger/Harris Teeter aren't patrons of Urban citizens, but they'll build grocery stores in the middle of nothing sometime, with the anticipation of a certain eco status to soon move nearby.
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    True that. Maybe because that eco status you speak of makes money, and spends money, supports itself without the dependence of subsidies. You can cry dicrimination all you want. It just makes better business sense. It's not Kroger's responsibility to keep a store in ANY crime ridden are where sales are down and thefts are up. You wouldn't open a business there nor keep one if you knew for a fact and could show on paper that you'd lose.

  • 88zooloo Jul 29, 9:55 a.m.

    good luck. invest in loss prevention or it'll be a grand closing before too long

  • gmuny33 Jul 29, 9:48 a.m.

    Congrats Southeast, that has to be blessing coming your way. Regardless of eco status, families still need food, and the ability to provide for children, within a reasonable distance. Kroger/Harris Teeter aren't patrons of Urban citizens, but they'll build grocery stores in the middle of nothing sometime, with the anticipation of a certain eco status to soon move nearby.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 29, 9:47 a.m.

    There is a Food Lion at Cross Link and Rock Quarry about 1.5 miles away.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jul 29, 9:30 a.m.

    Thank you Art, these people need to be able to buy food!
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    You're right. They do need to be able to BUY food. Why do you think Kroger left?

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 29, 9:14 a.m.

    If you see someone with groceries don't be afraid to offer a ride. I can be very rewarding meeting new people from you community.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 29, 8:37 a.m.

    Thank you Art, these people need to be able to buy food!

  • farm Jul 29, 8:25 a.m.

    Look who builds an oasis in the food desert.