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Old Kroger in Raleigh reopens as Carlie C's

Posted February 6, 2013

— An independent grocer based in Dunn opened its doors Wednesday in Raleigh after a supermarket chain last month closed two locations in and near southeast Raleigh.

Carlie C’s IGA re-opened the old Kroger store, at 4111 New Bern Ave., two weeks after the Ohio-based chain closed the store in east Raleigh, as well as another on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in southeast Raleigh, because the locations were no longer "financially feasible."

"The important thing for me to accomplish here is to see a lot of satisfied customers, and, of course, just to see if we can get the volume here," Carlie C's founder, Carlie McLamb, said. "I know we can."

Kroger's announcement in November that the stores would close left residents and city leaders concerned about the ease of access to food for the community.

That's when, McLamb said, he began looking into opening a store in the area. He said he would also like to be in the old Kroger store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard but that it would take negotiations.

McLamb and his wife, Joyce, opened their first country store in Johnston County in 1961.

They moved the store to Dunn a year later and began to grow into a business with more than a dozen stores in Harnett, Johnston, Wake and Cumberland counties.


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  • yoowho Feb 13, 2013

    when the locals shoplift the store out of business, they have to close. It happened in my hometown and the only grocery store in a certain region just had to pull out because loss to theft was so great. What else can you do when every 3rd person is strolling out with ribeye steaks down their pants.

  • Showlow Feb 8, 2013

    I loves mr. Cs. I baught some beans and stew today for less than 2 bucks. I be happy!

  • superman Feb 8, 2013

    They cant sell cheaper than Kroger. Fixed expenses for the store are about the same regardless of what the name of the store is. Rent, insurance, utilities, salaries maintenance. The big difference in a stores prices is volumne of sales alone with the cost of the merchandise. A small chain cannot buy mercandise as cheaply as a very large company like WalMart or Kroger. WalMart can made their profit by the high volumne of sales and can get better prices of products because of their high volumne buying.

  • superman Feb 8, 2013

    Bendal1 Do you work for Kroger? How did you get your info. You mind backing up your statement? Dont just throw out something that you think.

  • driverkid3 Feb 8, 2013

    dirkdiggler::::Never been to one before.

    Let me tell you this. There is one here in my town, and I wouldn't shop anywhere else. The prices are great, they have meat bundles for a reasonable price, and the customer service is fantastic. If you like ice cream, their store brand can beat Bryers hands down. They have just about everything you need.

    No, I don't work for them, but they have it hands down over all the others as far as I'm concerned. There is a grocery store close enough for me to walk to on my few and far between good days, but I still prefer Carlie C's. I think this will be good for Raleigh and this particular area of town. Be good to them, they sure deserve it.

  • Bendal1 Feb 7, 2013

    Kroger's reason for leaving wasn't based on declining revenue, but the size of the store. Newer grocery stores are much larger than that location, and for better or worse, that particular shopping center has been shrinking in stores ever since K-Mart left years and years ago. I think Carly C's will do well there though; it's a smaller franchise more interested in satisfying local shoppers than providing an "everything for everyone" kind of goal.

  • itsmyownopinion Feb 7, 2013

    "Someday, someone will look at a map and determine that 4111 New Bern Ave is not in Southeast Raleigh."


    One can only hope.

  • Barfly Feb 7, 2013

    I live in the area. I think my neighborhood is relatively safe. There's plenty of riff raff at the New Bern Ave. Walmart. Beggars at most entrances/exits. People approach you in the parking lot asking for money. There are folks loitering inside the store. Checkout? Hope you're not in a hurry.

    Carlie C's needs to keep the store clean and safe. I plan on giving them a try next time I need groceries.

  • NCworkingwoman Feb 7, 2013

    I take offense to the comments that infer that this part of Raleigh is a ghetto. The press has mis-identified this area as southeast Raleigh, check out a map, it's clearly east Raleigh. We live less than a half mile from this store and we are in a great neighborhood that the police constantly describe as one of the safest neighborhoods in Raleigh. Just because we are not in North Raleigh doesn't mean that we are in the ghetto. Quit being such elitists!

    I live in the same area and I totally agree. My neighborhood is FAR from ghetto. There are a few great/safe neighborhoods within a mile or so from this location. I can think of 4 or 5 off the top of my head that I would have no problem moving my family too, if we ever decided to move again.

  • djofraleigh Feb 7, 2013

    I'll correct my earlier comment. I thought the Kroger was the one in SE raliegh on MLK. I was wrong. There is where Carlie' C's says it could open a store after some "negotiations." The store just opened is in EAST Raleigh, not SE Raleigh and has a Food Lion close on either side, and a super Wal-mart to compete with.