If you haven’t been impacted by the recent retail apocalypse, consider yourself lucky. Over the last few years, companies have been hit hard by a number of challenges: the COVID pandemic, supply chain issues, labor shortages, and rising inflation. As a result, even some of the most established retailers like Walmart and CVS have had to close locations around the U.S. And now, a popular grocery store chain is gearing up to shutter some of its stores nationwide. Read on to find out which grocer is closing locations starting next month.
Several grocery chains have already closed stores this year.
Grocery stores have not been spared by the challenges across the retail space. Back in May, six Whole Foods Market stores across the U.S. were closed by Amazon, which had purchased the upscale supermarket chain in 2017. The company told Bloomberg that the closures were part of a regular performance and growth potential evaluation of individual stores in order “to position Whole Foods Market for long-term success.” Shortly after that, three Sprouts Farmers Market locations were shuttered in June.
And earlier this month, Lidl confirmed it would soon be closing several “underperforming” locations, starting July 31. As it turns out, the grocery chain closures are far from over.
Now another grocer is getting ready to shutter locations.
Kroger, a Cincinnati-based grocery company that operates stores throughout the U.S., will be closing at least two locations in the coming weeks.
A Kroger in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of the locations being shuttered, local Fox-affiliate KLRT recently reported on July 25. The other store is a Kroger in Plano, Texas, according to Community Impact, a chain of monthly newspapers servicing cities