Declining sales at the Kroger at 159 S. Sandusky St. have forced company officials to close the store effective Oct. 24

Declining sales at the Kroger at 159 S. Sandusky St. have forced company officials to close the store effective Oct. 24

"In the highly competitive grocery industry, Kroger continually evaluates each store's performance to ensure that it is best meeting the needs of the communities, associates and stockholders we serve," said Bruce Macaulay, president of Kroger's Columbus Division.

"We were unable to continue a profitable operation at the 159 S. Sandusky St. location and made the decision to close the store on Oct. 24."

Macaulay said all store associates will have the opportunity to transfer to other Kroger locations within the surrounding area.

"Kroger plans to continue investing in the development of new locations," Macaulay said. "Construction is under way for a new Kroger Marketplace store slated to open in Orange Township this November."

Despite the closing, Kroger pledges to continue to build on existing relationships to help feed the hungry, educate youth and fund life-saving research, he said. During the past 10 years, Kroger contributed nearly $500,000 to support organizations such as Grady Memorial Hospital, the Delaware County Fair, Dollars for Scholars, and the Delaware Bicentennial.

In addition, the Kroger Community Rewards-Kroger Cares program gave back nearly $156,000 to Delaware non-profit organizations since 2003.

"Kroger is a long time partner within in the Delaware County grocery industry," Macaulay said. "We are committed to Delaware, our associates and our customers and promise to provide them the products they want at the prices they deserve."

-- Candace Preston-Coy