Copy of statement as issued Monday by Kroger.
According to Central Division President Bob Moeder, “While we continue to negotiate with the Rogers family, who are the owners of the building in which our North Anthony store is located, we now know that the building may be beyond repair. Engineers and other professionals have investigated and are evaluating options with the current landlord.
First, we are committed to ensuring that no Kroger associates in the Fort Wayne region will lose their jobs as a result of the store closing. We know this also is a priority for our customers and neighbors in Fort Wayne. All associates from the North Anthony store have been temporarily reassigned to other locations. Whether customers choose to shop at those other locations while we seek a permanent solution on North Anthony will have a direct impact on those associates.
Second, we need to conclude our negotiations with the Rogers family so that we know whether to plan toward a new building on North Anthony or modifying one or more nearby Kroger stores, including North Clinton Street, to accommodate customers from the North Anthony store. Either way, we will work with neighborhood groups, elected officials and the city administration to be fully operational as quickly as possible.”
Mr. Moeder continued, “We are deeply appreciative of all the messages we have received in support of the North Anthony store. Ultimately, however, the final decision rests with the Rogers family. They own the property, they must decide whether to invest in a replacement building and they will determine whether or not a replacement building is designed to host a successful Kroger store or some other tenant. The Rogers family is preparing options for our consideration and this process may take several more weeks.”
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