Residents protest closing of Kroger store - WNEM TV 5

Residents protest closing of Kroger store

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A local store decided to close up shop, sparking emotion from its customers.

The Kroger off Pierson Road in Flint will soon be no more and Friday night some were feeling left out in the cold.

"I'm  gonna picket. That's what I'm gonna do," Teresa Jones said.

Residents protested over the closing of a Kroger's in their community. 

"I live right around the corner here. Now where am I gonna go? Five miles away," Jones said.

She said the Kroger at the Hallwood Plaza offered her fresh produce and conveniance just blocks away from her home.

Residents stood along the wall, chanting 'keep Kroger open.' They also held signs that said Kroger has been an important part in their livelihood in the community. 

"I've seen them come on scooters to buy their groceries," Flint councilwoman Jacqueline Poplar said.

Poplar challenges Kroger on whether it's doing what's best for residents in her community. 

"We've pumped $240,000 into that Kroger with repairs and renovations, but the store has continued to fail," Kroger spokesman Ken McClure said.

Meanwhile, Jones said she's going to miss the Kroger camaraderie.

"I knew all of the  employees, they knew my first name," Jones said.

Once the store closes the 85 workers will have the chance to transfer to other Kroger stores in Genesee County.

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