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Letter asks Kroger to bring back closed Scott’s store

Copy of letter sent to Kroger officials asking the company to restore or rebuild the closed Scott’s store on the north side of Fort Wayne.

June 14, 2012

John A. Elliott, Public Affairs Manager

The Kroger Company

5960 Castleway West Drive

Indianapolis, Indiana 46250

Dear Mr. Elliott,

We bring greetings from many loyal patrons of the Scott’s grocery at 3109 North Anthony Blvd in Fort Wayne, who eagerly await word about the re-building/re-opening of this vital store. We who write this letter speak for over 4,000 households that depend on the service provided by this grocery. A strong, stable mix of neighborhoods has created a unique identity that takes pride in cultivating and supporting the local businesses within their nearby community, an important one being this Scott’s grocery store. Scott’s has served this community since the 1950’s and stands as the oldest grocery in the city.

We respectfully request that you re-open this store to serve the neighborhoods who have faithfully patronized your facility, not only for its quality products but for the close ties the residents feel toward your employees. It is rare indeed to find the remnants of the “old neighborhood store” where families can still walk or bike for a basket of groceries. Each sub-market has its own identity based on the customers. We would appreciate your decision to restore the distinctive culture of this Scott’s store back to these neighborhoods.

Indiana State Representative Win Moses and I will do all that is possible to assist the Kroger Company in the restoration of this property. The residents are eager to continue their support of the store as they have for decades, giving it the distinction of being one of the highest selling stores per square foot in the community. Restoration or rebuilding, we ask that you find a way to keep this facility open for many years to come.

We also ask that you communicate directly with the neighborhood associations as you move toward a decision. These associations are well organized and highly engaged in what is happening in their community.

Very truly yours,

Russ Jehl, District Two

Fort Wayne City Council

Win Moses, District 81

Indiana State Representative

Cynthia Keller, President

Northside Neighborhood

Steve Morehead, President

North Anthony Neighborhood

Don Stevens, President

New Kirkwood Park Neighborhood

Ed Woenker, President

Kirkwood Park Neighborhood

Shawna Nicelley, President

Forest Park Blvd Neighborhood

Helene Evans, President

Frances Slocum Neighborhood

CC: John Rogers, the Rogers Company

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