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https://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/kroger-left-for-a-reason-springfield-city-manager-says/F7YGFBWYWZFWNJ2TVHU3HDBZWU/ 

Interesting article, just published.   Anyone here that worked at that store?  Are the reasons given true?  The article says a lot of items on shelves did not move before they reached their "sell by" date, which evidently contributed to a shrink problem.  (I wonder if a lot of warehouse add-outs contributed to the problem??)  Since the Kroger store closed, the south end of Springfield is now considered to be a "Food desert".  



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I'm spit balling here, but having just lost one of our stores where I'm at to just ridiculous amounts of theft, this could be the same thing that happened with the Ohio site. 

It's a national trend now that urban citizens are literally killing their own stores and creating these food deserts. Most of the stores lost are older ones in what have become ghetto areas.. You can't even point out these facts without minorities and other inner city residents getting outraged, and I'm prolly gonna get flamed for doing it here, but that doesn't alter reality.

Wish there were answers. Other than placing permanent armed guards around everything now, and being ready to engage in lethal combat with these scumbags, I can't think of a good solution. It's a seperate issue, but something had better be put in place to stop these looters or this nation is in grave danger.



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I am in the Local 1996 Atlanta GA area and we had a similar situation here about two years ago when a big store on a very busy main street closed. That Kroger had been there for years. Their self-checkout clerk transferred over to our store and he was told massive amounts of shoplifting was the reason. There were 4 apartment complexes near the store that had a majority of low-income/minority tenants. The area about 30 years ago when I lived there was a big singles area with mainly professionals living there. The only other thing I could think of would be has a big warehouse-type store such as a Costco moved into the area with lower prices and siphoning off that Kroger's customers?



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Kroger's "once size fits all" approach profoundly misfits in the ghetto.

Sure, inappropriate, unwanted, and short-dated products are a problem, but horrific overwhelming theft is the big one.

You can't really bring that up without being called a racist.

I just can't feel sorry about food deserts when they are earned.



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Kroger's "once size fits all" approach profoundly misfits in the ghetto.

Sure, inappropriate, unwanted, and short-dated products are a problem, but horrific overwhelming theft is the big one.

You can't really bring that up without being called a racist.

I just can't feel sorry about food deserts when they are earned.


 10 yrs ago on of the McDonalds here did a re build. They almost scrapped the project mid way because the hood rats kept walking off with the tools and building materials night after night. They were .25 mil in the red when corporate said 'hmmm, should we just walk away from this?' This is the stupidity of ghetto low lifes. Destroying their own communities----------yet it's always whitey's fault.



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I'd never worked in that store, but i have worked at Wayne Ave, another small store in Dayton of roughly the same size. Wayne only did about 250k a week in sales.

This was what 720 S. Lime looked like:
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As you can see it's a very old building and was a very small store. They simply didn't have all the items of the bigger store and it is considered a neighborhood store so less people shop there.

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Anonymous wrote:

Kroger's "once size fits all" approach profoundly misfits in the ghetto.

Sure, inappropriate, unwanted, and short-dated products are a problem, but horrific overwhelming theft is the big one.

You can't really bring that up without being called a racist.

I just can't feel sorry about food deserts when they are earned.


 How is "one size fits all" an issue here, customer expect fresh products on the shelves and a variety of items in each aisle.  Any company would be called out for not providing fresh items in a lower income community, but then they would also be called out for not having a selections of items in the aisles.  Theft happens everywhere, but happens more in blighted areas.  Most situations you damned if you do, damned if you don't.  Shrink is built into all companies business plan, but lack luster sales don't help to counter shrink.    



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They need to get smarter and turn these stores into a online order only/curbside pick up/delivery sort of thing. Why close a whole store just like that? If any unpredictable  catastrophe occurs, that's one less closeby access point to supplies and nourishment. 



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Supplies and nourishment are important to the customers, sure, but have you even considered the needs of the shareholders?



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They need to get smarter and turn these stores into a online order only/curbside pick up/delivery sort of thing. Why close a whole store just like that? If any unpredictable  catastrophe occurs, that's one less closeby access point to supplies and nourishment. 


 Why close a whole store? Because the whole store got killed by theft. These hood rats don't care. They're like termites destroying the very building that's been feeding them.



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Supplies and nourishment are important to the customers, sure, but have you even considered the needs of the shareholders?


 People don't understand every business is accountable to their shareholders or instructional investors.  Yes, some areas are going to take a lost, but they better support the other areas making the profit.  A company is never going to close or leave an area for short term profit loss (they have invested $$$ to building the store, etc.), but they are not going to take a loss forever.  Also, if the store is the last grocer in the area, where did all the other stores go? If there is only one grocer left, there are the neighborhood customers going? Is there still a neighborhood left? 

You have to remember a lot of store 25+ years old may be in a town/city where manufacturing or other companies have left, along with their worker base.  Every town doesn't have a manufacturing plant in them like they did 50 years ago.  



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Supplies and nourishment are important to the customers, sure, but have you even considered the needs of the shareholders?


 Money.... money can burn in hell. It is the misery and strife amongst humanity. Billions on war product, but with a lackluster healthcare system. The same system that spends billions to promote the obesity. An backwards and upside down system that is also buttnaked. 



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