Raleigh, N.C. — 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.