QUINCY, W.Va. — Kroger announced Friday that it will close two stores in West Virginia in the coming months.

The company said stores in Quincy in Kanawha County and Weston are smaller and less profitable than other stores.

The Quincy store opened in 1984. It has lost money in the past three years. That’s about the same time a Walmart opened less than a mile away.

The Quincy location’s 20 full-time and 36 part-time workers were told Friday. Kroger officials said the contract with Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union will allow the workers to move to other Kroger stores in West Virginia based on seniority.

The closing is strictly a financial decision,” Kroger spokesman Carl York said of the Quincy closing. “Our associates are dedicated and hard-working. We appreciate their contributions and wish them well.”

The closing is scheduled for April 11.

Kroger has been expanding other stores in West Virginia including at Ashton Place in Charleston and its Teays Valley store in Putnam County.

 

 

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  • Melissa Turman

    Kroger seems to not be interested in small communities, those communities that made them part of the top 3 retailers with Target and Walmart. They are showing they aren't loyal now to those communities and slowly shutting the stores down. They believe that people want one-stop shopping centers like Wal-Mart and are now following in their tracks. Kroger needs to open their eyes and realize small communities are wanting small grocery stores with great customer service. The small stores have been subsidizing the marketing and advertising they are having to pay to get customers in large competitive cities. We are trying to save our store in Galax, VA too. Let's all join together and convince Kroger to stop doing this to the small communities.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Kroger-in-Galax-Virginia/527945713970823

    • Abbagoochie

      Your store is gone no matter what you say or do because all they care about is the $$$. Its their idol worship and they would be open a half-a-day on judgement day if they can make a penny. Just ask anybody thats been there awhile about "key retailing" and what it is and then you will see that the above words are fact.

    • Ragweed

      Miss M,

      I believe that Kroger IS interested in small communities. The problem is, whether you realize it or not, is that they are in business to make a profit, and not to be a benevolent organization. They have to make a decent return on their money, or they will not stay in business. Small communities don't often offer the profit they need.

      Like it or not, competition is the American way. Kroger is at a disadvantage because WalMart is non-union. I don't like the fact that WalMart has put so many small businesses out of business, but at the same time, they make so many things affordable to so many people.

      • takemetoemstar

        I agree for the most part here: however, WM pays well too. I do not believe one of the associates in my local store make the fed. minimum wage... all over that and approaching $8-10 an hour. what I am not sure I agree with is a relative of mine (works at Kroger) making close to $40K as an office worked b/c of the union. by the way this relative did not get a higher education and barely got out of high school. I know college associates of mine that don't make $40k a year.
        just a lot to think about here.

      • james craig brannon

        walmart will choke competition to death by crook.
        save pennies today over the bodies of the better paying jobs of yesterday.

        watch the store prices at quincy raise when the competition is gone. watch employee's hours get cut once competition is gone.

  • Julia

    I shop only at Kroger. I have managed to avoid Walmart for a little over a year now. I refuse to buy from Walmart. Kroger is the way to go. Less hassle, the people have always been honest, kind and considerate and so helpful. Great customer service...I have never gotten at Walmart. I love my Kroger.

  • Sharon

    The few times I have been in Walmart to buy something not in the grocery field, I decided to go ahead and pick up that one or two grocery items I needed so I wouldn't need to make an extra stop. Both times I wound up making the extra run to Kroger's because Walmart didn't even stock what I was looking for. I will drive an extra 20 miles to the next nearest Kroger's before I will step one foot inside Walmart. They drove Ames out, now Kroger's. What's next? And you know that with the competition leaving their already higher prices are going to just keep going up and up,

  • jay zoom

    very rarely shop Kroger in Morgantown shop Giant Eagle most of the time. and Sams/walmart as well.

  • Wv-1968

    Walmart=SCAB
    Kroger=UNION
    I'm proud to be Union.

    • Larry

      Kroger=closing stores
      Walmart=building new stores
      Reason=unions and better business plan.

      • Earl

        Agreed. Unions are horrible. There was time and place for them at one time but they are not needed in today's work force.

        • Larry

          True, 100 years ago when there were no labor or safety laws in place, of course working in a grocery store is a very dangerous job, just behind underground mining!

    • Aaron

      I believe a scab is an individual who crosses a picket line to work. As Wal Mart has never been union, to classify their employees as scabs is grossly inaccurate.

      As for unionized Kroger employees, I know of many that would love to work 30-40 hours a week but the stores simply will not allow it.

      So why is it that a non-union Wal Mart employee can get full time work but a union employee at Kroger cannot? Seems to me their union isn't worth the dues they pay them.

      • John

        Hey Larry and Aaron, did you just hear the courts ruled that walmart warehouse workers can have heat while working. Yea walmart is such a great place to work and it is because it nonunion. For you two every problem is union caused and it is ok to treat people like trash. When unions are gone only thugs will rejoice and people will suffer even more than they already are.

        • Earl

          My personal experience with unions is they are the ones that are thugs and a bold faced liars. It was an experience that made me lose a lot of faith in people.

        • Aaron

          I'm not blaming the union for these stores closing young man, I'm simply stating the facts. If that bothers you, so be it.

          I'm not sure why Wal Mart is a great place to work? Perhaps it's because if you show up, work hard, prove yourself dependable, they will reward you with hours and raises in time.

          Of the dozen or so unskilled employees who went to work for Wal-Mart, few start at minimum wage and those that do, do not remain at minimum wage.

          I only know one person who works at Kroger and he's been buried restocking nights for almost 2 years. He wants to move up but unfortunately, there are no other positions.

          Out of all that, I'm not sure how you get that once unions are gone, only thugs will remain. Care to explain?

        • annebeth66

          I have worked both union and non-union jobs and the union jobs is 20 times better. The non-union job I had was as a social worker through WVDHHR, that required a college degree but paid less than $25,000 per year. We had PEIA for our insurance, which was 80/20 and 12 holidays, including June 20 WV day. The union job pays me $65,000, has 100% insurance! medical! dental and optical. We only get 8 holidays but I wouldn't trade me union job for the world. I have had medical issues this past year with 3 hospital stays, 3 surgeries and a lot of medication, all of which were covered by my insurance. Unions do provide a better way of life for their members, but for some, making fun of the union is because these same people, could not pass a drug test.

          • Larry

            At the union job were you brainwashed into thinking "management" was out to screw you over?

        • Ragweed

          Agreed, Earl. I am in my sixties, and over the years I have had two union jobs, worked for a salary at a union plant, and then worked twenty five years at a non-union plant. The non-union job has provided better wages and benefits, and has given me the best living of all my jobs. The sole purpose of the unions I have worked for has been to fight management as much as possible, and to protect the lazy and irresponsible worker. The unions I worked with, plainly had a bad attitude and a chip on their shoulder. I did have good wages at the union plants, but it wasn't worth the daily hassle they caused. In most cases, I believe that unions have outlived their usefullness, but there are probably a few places where they are still needed.

    • Mary

      According to the above poster, an office worker with a high school ed. at Kroger is making nearly $40K. I'm a college grad in WV, I work a skilled job, and have NEVER made that in my life. So you can be proud all you want while you sit out on the sidewalk, you idiot. We're gonna lose our Kroger's in Weston because of your greedy and unreasonable union.

      Also, I shop at both WM and Kroger. I like some of the Kroger brand products. But the last time I was in Weston Kroger, it was basically empty - maybe less than 10 or so shoppers milling around - and this was during the prime 5:00 afterwork hour!! So the unions are milking the less profitable small-town Kroger's and basically eliminating the profit margin necessary to keep them open. Now everyone who wants Kroger brands in Weston gets to drive an extra half hour to Clarksburg to get them.

      Gee.....thanks a pantload, unions. You definitely should be proud of this. Good work!! Oh, and good luck finding another $40K office job on nothing but a lousy HS diploma within a 100-mile radius of Weston - LMAO!!!

  • steve

    I always enjoy hearing fox new talk about the union wages in this Country..Wonder how one of them would adjust to their benefits being stripped?-If you want to talk about excessive wages , lets discuss their millions of dollars per year they so call earn.........so enough on union wages...........by the way the money goes back into the economy so who looses???...........................

    • Mary

      The business that has to cut so deep into its profit margin to pay the union wages and benefits that it can't hire more workers, eventually has to shut down plants and lay people off, thereby creating fewer and fewer jobs for everyone else. THAT'S who loses. You'd think in WV, where we all saw what happened to our coal industry in the 1970's, that people would be more savvy about this issue.

  • Bryan

    Quincy Kroger opened prior to the 'new' Kanawha City location (1983) and the 'new' Marmet location (1984). So, 1984 isn't correct.

    As far as prices, Walmart isn't always cheaper. Kroger does have sale prices and weekly advertising. Kroger has more in-house brands than Walmart as well.

    Some items are cheaper at Kroger. Some are cheaper at Walmart. Just like some items are cheaper at Kmart and some are cheaper at Walmart.

  • william

    They don't need a grocery stores in these areas -
    They only need a lot of FAST FOOD joints-
    LOOK AT THE PEOPLE IN THESE AREAS, THEY ONLY EAT FAST-FOOD!

    • Uncle Unctuous

      Apparently they need some remedial English tutors in William's area.

  • Larry

    Hard for Kroger to compete in WV without right-to-work laws, union cashiers making $20 an hour when others are paying minimum wage or a little more.

    • JohnR

      yeah blame the unions... typical Republican care about nobody but yourself and millionaires response...

      • Taxpayer

        Typical Democrat - live on welfare and blame everything on Republicans.

        • Tom wv

          Total agree!

        • gv

          Well said Taxpayer, unions are worthless, just like the person we have in the White House.

      • Mary

        $20 an hour to run a cash register in one of the lowest cost-of-living states in America?? Seriously?? Union members who whine about how unions make life better are only talking about THEIR lives - not anyone else's. The unions have been 10 times as greedy as any Republican "millionaires."

    • Wvu999

      If you think Krogers cashiers make 20 an hour then. ...... Fill in the blank

      • Larry

        I worked for them years ago and a lot of guys were making 20 plus in meat dept, dairy, etc. It depends how long you've been working for them. Back then some of the cashiers were making in the teens per hour. Since you have to join a union to work there, they usually make everyone part time and you only get 15 to 25 hrs a week.

      • Larry

        The job classification I was in did not receive any of the union benefits or raises, but I was forced to join the union and pay regular union dues!

    • retired

      I worked at kroger for 38years and I made $14.75 hour that is top wage for kroger cashier no cashier in kroger makes $20.00 and hour

  • 1smartone

    Hey...when you can go to Walmart and spend 30% less to buy the same stuff that Kroger sells...don't blame Walmart. A can of Campbell's Soup is the same both places...except for the price.

  • wvu999

    Keep shopping Walmart and killing our country, our economy and our people.

    • Abbagoochie

      Hell, when you have many kroger workers shop at walmart (and they do )everywhere,they are buying the knife to cut their own throats. Stupidity is a very expensive comodity.

  • westva.gent

    Walmart eats another one.

  • Robert

    Disheartening but not surprised.

    Weston (where I live) is an extremely challenged market. We have no real industry or economic identity and most of our businesses, such as fast food and gas stations, are geared to those just passing through.

    Until such time that our area begins to experience diversified economic growth and a growing residential class, both required for service sector businesses, our community will continue to languish.

    We used to have a nice choice or grocery options in this town but due to WalMart's inevitable entry into that market as well as questionable actions by the former development authority that brought us a very expensive Shop-n-Save Express at the expense of an affordable and nicely stocked Foodland, our options are now severely limited.

    It would be great if a new grocery can be found, Food Lion comes to mind, that would allow residents here to have a better choice in shopping decisions but having seen this same situation play out in other communities across WV I don't hold out much hope.

    In the mean time I guess we'll simply have "to make do with" what we have.

    Sad.

    • Mary

      Don't wish for Food Lion. They have a couple in Clarksburg and they are mondo expensive. They are no good replacement for Kroger's.

      Perhaps Walmarts inevitable entry into the Weston market had something to do with the fact that their prices are affordable to people who live in a depressed market? I know that seems like a vicious cycle, but this is the real world we're living in.

      Shopping in Clarksburg was destroyed in the 1980s by the advent of the Middletown Mall and has never come back. But the Walmart there has become the single most profitable Walmart in America!! Gee, I wonder why?

  • hilljack

    Lost another one to Wal-Mart.

  • disgusted

    once again; the upper Kanawha Valley gets the short end of the stick----first we get a half sized Wal-Mart; and then a scaled down Tractor Supply--- Now Kroger's says they are closing! What's next???

    • Curly Joe

      What's next? I suggest you mone your cry-baby butt to somewhere that meets your lofty standards.

      • Curly Joe

        Sorry..."MOVE" your cry-baby butt. No spell-check!

      • Moe

        "Move" is the final answer and many are doing just that.

        • Robert

          With so many of our residents working in other areas it's not that big a jump to decide to move not only closer to where you work but also closer to a wider variety of options and the better quality of life that engenders.

      • Uncle Unctuous

        You consider a desire to have access to adequate retail stores to be a lofty standard? I'm going to infer you feel the same about other basics, like indoor plumbing.

        • Curly Joe

          Uncle....does the word "sarcasm" have a meaning to you...or did your limited education not cover that subject?

          • Uncle Unctuous

            Despite my degree, I must admit that I can't recognize poorly executed sarcasm. I encourage you to keep practicing. Perhaps you will improve.

          • Uncle Unctuous

            And I'm sorry to be the one pointing it out, but you're doing ellipses wrong as well.

        • Mary

          I like you, pal.

          • Mary

            I'm talking to Uncle Unctious, not to the "Curly Joe" moron he's responding to.