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  • Marty King Dec 11, 11:45 a.m.

    The MLK Kroger is a dump, good thing it is closing.

    The few times I have been there, I was panhandled once in the parking lot, twice inside the store and some crackhead asked me for a ride in the baked goods aisle.

    If any of you guys ever go there before they close, go into the back left area and be amazed by the huge selection of 40oz malt liquors.

  • skipp2 Dec 7, 12:16 p.m.

    There is a reason for the closings- the stores are losing money. Whether it is theft, throwing out fresh food that goes bad because it isn't purchased. low sales, etc.. With other obvious shopping options close by, I wonder why the mayor wants to get them to stay open. Granted there is some employment there but those folks can find work fairly easily in the retail world.

  • cynda-ur-way Dec 6, 4:57 p.m.

    There is a Kroger on the corner of six forks and Wake forest rd. An hour bus ride is standard on most CAT buses.

  • southerntalent Dec 6, 4:48 p.m.

    Really,the one on new bern is old and outdated and badly lit at night,there is a giant wal mart across the stree and food lion at rogers lane.looks like the cat busses are full day and night at the wal mart when i drive past.

  • rlwieland Dec 6, 3:26 p.m.

    MAYOR and city council writing a LETTER? i WORKED FOR A GROCERY CHAIN FOR 21 YEARS AND THE REASON THEY LOOSE MONEY THERE IS THE CUSTOMERS steal them blind. Maybe Raleigh should work on that areas people.

  • superman Dec 6, 2:20 p.m.

    They going to wait until next year when Raleigh opens a couple full service grocery stores for them? They have lost money for 10 years--I think that is more than fair to the people in that area. Perhaps Raleigh will provide free cab service for their residents. The mayor and the city council need to remember that we all have personal problems and that we have to deal with them the best we can. A grocery store nearby is not nearly as important as being able to pick up your welfare check, food stamps or get to your medical appointments. Dont they have relativess, friends, neighbors or attend a church? The mayor could pick up their grocery order and deliver it.

  • mmtlash Dec 6, 1:55 p.m.

    Anyone else wondering if Kroger is going to pull out of the area soon? The Triangle is the only area in NC w/ Krogers, it's been years since they have opened any new stores in the area and they seem to be closing 1 or 2 stores a year in the area over the past few years. Fourteen grocery stores (the # left after mid January) in all of NC is nothing for a chain as large as Kroger...competition is good, hopefully Kroger stops this closing trend...

  • btneast Dec 6, 12:51 p.m.

    Sad that WRAL had to get involved for Kroger to do what was right. Never should have been a question they'd get their money back under the circumstances.

    It is standard policy with all gift cards from nearly all retailers that refunds are not allowed, and it is in writing and disclosed upfront. I suspect that had the Womens Center contacted Kroger on the corporate level themselves, they would have gotten the same results. It's not a decision a local store could make.

  • kimisufu Dec 6, 12:29 p.m.

    1 hour 'by bus'...reading is fundamental! #oops

  • kimisufu Dec 6, 12:24 p.m.

    When the two stores shut down in mid-January, the nearest Kroger will be more than an hour away by bus, plus nearly a mile and a half walk, one way, according to Jean Williams with the Women's Center.

    Fuquay-Varina is not an hour from Raleigh, even at 5pm, and the F-V store is not closing. ??? I get why refunds needed to be issued, but this detail was bothering me.

  • jaecee452 Dec 6, 11:32 a.m.

    "Maybe residents of the area should have taught their children decent behavior. Maybe Kroger would have stayed if the younger generation in the area had not shop-lifted them into extinction. Maybe the area is the victim of a self-inflicted wound. Maybe William Barber will open a store there. Maybe."

    Maybe you shouldn't make an assumption about something you don't have facts to back it up...Just because a business is in Southeast Raleigh doesn't automatically mean that the residents are robbing them blind...Maybe they should have considered having a better quality of foods in the Southeast Raleigh stores. Maybe it's management that has caused them to fail...Please stop assuming that if it's in Southeast Raleigh they will be robbed...I am sure stores in North Raleigh also have a high rate of theft, it's just not reported in the news.

  • apennyforyourthoughts Dec 6, 11:09 a.m.

    "Maybe residents of the area should have taught their children decent behavior. Maybe Kroger would have stayed if the younger generation in the area had not shop-lifted them into extinction. Maybe the area is the victim of a self-inflicted wound. Maybe William Barber will open a store there. Maybe."

    Hush Crybabies

    All I can say is, not "maybe" but "definitely" a sad individual among us with this mentality". Poor thing! SMH!

  • anderson Dec 6, 11:07 a.m.

    Meanwhile, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and members of the City Council are working on a letter to send to the Ohio-based company asking it to reconsider closing its stores on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and New Bern Avenue.

    Good luck with that...they aren't going to stay in a place when they get robbed blind by shoplifters and can't make a profit...that's why businesses exist..to make a profit..not to take care of poor areas

  • justbcauz Dec 6, 11:07 a.m.

    I think it is great that Kroger acknowledged that this is an unusual situation. Too bad it took WRAL's involvement.

    Hmmm. I wonder why the Wake County School Board doesn't take into consideration how difficult, time consuming and costly it can be for people living in certain parts of Wake County to use public transportation to attend functions at their child's school when they are bussed for "diversity." It is great that you'll send a school bus into the neighborhood, but parents can't take the school bus.

  • Scubagirl Dec 6, 10:46 a.m.

    "I am not getting this. It is not like there are not Kroger's in the area, or will not be. computer trainer"

    From the story on the news last night, the reason is that the ones who were slated to receive these live in that area and the whole reason for getting them is so folks could shop easily. Now w/ the store closing it's no longer easy and would cost them to get there. And there are no other Krogers in THAT area. At least that was my take on it.

  • mpheels Dec 6, 10:43 a.m.

    computer trainer - the center purchase gift cards from Kroger specifically because there were Kroger stores within walking/transit distance of their client. Many (most) of their clients do not have cars, and are dependent on walking and bus rides to get to the store. With the two Krogers closing, there will no longer be a Kroger within reasonable walking/transit distance of their clients' homes. If they were to give their clients Kroger cards, the recipients would have to ride the bus for an hour AND walk 1.5 miles to get to a Kroger. Would you be willing/able to do that for groceries?

  • computer trainer Dec 6, 10:30 a.m.

    I am not getting this. It is not like there are not Kroger's in the area, or will not be.

  • Scubagirl Dec 6, 10:15 a.m.

    Sad that WRAL had to get involved for Kroger to do what was right. Never should have been a question they'd get their money back under the circumstances. But at least now it has been resolved as it should have been.

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