PORTSMOUTH --Kroger will close its store at 5601 High Street in Portsmouth on April 11.
In a press release put out by the company, Kroger is encouraging its customers to shop with them at the Kroger Marketplace in Portsmouth and Suffolk. Associates at the High Street Kroger store will be offered the opportunity to remain part of the Kroger family by transferring to area Kroger stores.
The High Street store is one of the oldest Kroger stores in the Hampton Roads region. It was purchased by Kroger as part of the Hannaford Bros. acquisition in 2000.
"The continuous operation of this store was to be re-evaluated after the opening of the two Marketplace stores in Portsmouth and Suffolk," said Anne Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. "It was determined that there was a significant overlap of our customer base and it is no longer feasible to operate three stores in such close proximity. Our High Street associates are hard working and loyal and we look forward to their continued contributions in other Hampton Roads Kroger stores."
Kroger operates nine stores in the Hampton Roads area. In the past two years, Kroger has opened three Marketplace stores with fuel centers, with a total financial commitment of approximately $70 million. With the store openings it's estimated that Kroger created more than 500 new jobs.
The closing will not impact the charitable contributions to the Hampton Roads community, including donations and gifts towards hunger relief, women's health, military support and other events and causes important to the communities Kroger serves.