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Independent grocer to replace closed Kroger in Raleigh

Posted January 18, 2013

— Carlie C’s IGA, an independent grocer based in Dunn, said Friday it will open a store to replace Kroger that closed recently on New Bern Avenue.

The supermarket and pharmacy will open next month.

Carlie C’s president Mac McLamb said the company will make some improvements before opening, then tackle bigger remodeling projects in the coming months.

Ohio-based Kroger announced last month that it would close its stores on New Bern Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard because they had ceased being profitable. The closings worried city leaders and area residents who were concerned about the community’s ease of access to fresh produce and healthy food, especially for people on fixed incomes and with limited transportation.

Carlie C’s was founded by Carlie C. McLamb and his wife, Joyce, who opened their first country store in Johnston County in 1961.

They moved the store to Dunn a year later and began to grow. The family business now boasts 14 stores in Harnett, Johnston, Wake and Cumberland counties.


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  • Bec0522 Jan 25, 9:52 a.m.

    YAY! another local business to support :)

  • SMAPAEA Jan 22, 10:21 a.m.

    Bravo for someone trying to keep the area residents with fresh food.

  • superman Jan 21, 5:12 p.m.

    ....Partially correct. High volume isn't a requirement, its nice, but not essential

    Well they wont stay in business long without sales. Some expenses you cannot control. With labor you have to pay min wage not many stores pay more. You cannot cut electrity. Lights, heat coolers must be operating. You cant control maint and keep the store looking at least decent. Advertising keeps customers coming in week after week. The reason a business fails is a lack of customers and no money. You cant control the rent if it is not your building. You dont think Kroger and Winn Dixie knew how to run a business? Frankly I like high sales--that puts money in the cash register. Then finally there is inventory shrinkage that you have to charge more for the items you sell making your prices higher. Many stores can sell cheaper because of their high volumne of sales.

  • shortcake53 Jan 21, 5:05 p.m.

    I am willing to give them a try. I have seen their ads on TV and they seem to have some good sales. I was in that shopping center this morning and it was SO eerily quiet.

  • btneast Jan 21, 4:22 p.m.

    To make money you have to have high volumne of sales and an inventory that doesnt shrink.

    ....Partially correct. High volume isn't a requirement, its nice, but not essential. Your profits just have to surpass your expenses. Carlie C's has been in business for a long time, so they know how to manage overhead (labor, electric, rent, maintenance, advertising, etc). It's why one businees fails and another similar one succeeds....it's all about managing your overhead closely, very closely. High volume can actually drive your overhead up, as it takes more people and more warehousing to handle it usually. Higher sales doesn't mean jack if your expenses go off the chart.

  • superman Jan 21, 3:35 p.m.

    I went to the Garner store a couple weeks to check it out. Didnt buy anything just looking. There were 5 or 6 people working and 4 or 5 customers. Hardly enough to even buy paper for the cash register.

  • superman Jan 21, 11:32 a.m.

    The store in Garner is at the old Winn Dixie that went out of business for lack of customers years ago. To make money you have to have high volumne of sales and an inventory that doesnt shrink. They moving into a second building that housed a grocery store that couldnt make a profit for years. If Kroger and Winn Dixie couldnt make it dont understand why their management thought they could. Both decisions seem to be bad. Two bad stores and their house of cards may fall soon. They cant make money by customers who go in and buy their specials and then go to another store to purchase their groveries. We see just how long they can carry two stores that lose money.

  • btneast Jan 21, 11:31 a.m.

    I sure hope they are nothing like the IGA where I laive high prices and limited inventory

    IGA is an association, not a company or chain. It markets and provides buying power for independant grocery stores. Carlie C's is coming, not IGA. Carlie C's just happens to be an IGA member. Referring to any store as The IGA is technically incorrect.

  • They call me CATMAN Jan 21, 9:48 a.m.

    I sure hope they are nothing like the IGA where I laive high prices and limited inventory. Best of luck with the Super Wal-Mart accross the street. Hopefully most of those who worked at Kroger can find work at the new store.

  • miseem Jan 18, 7:50 p.m.

    If they are moving into the old Kroger, there is a Wal Mart right across the street.