Kroger makes $150 million capital commitment to Dallas-Fort Worth market
DALLAS — Kroger, already the market share leader among traditional grocers in Dallas-Fort Worth, is expanding its presence in one of the largest metropolitan regions in the United States, the company announced Friday. Over the next 24 months, Kroger will invest $150 million in North Texas to build five new Marketplace stores and to expand three locations, along with opening multiple fuel centers and remodeling existing properties.
"Kroger is a company that is focused on smart, strategic growth and providing a highly-satisfied customer shopping experience," stated Bill Breetz, president Kroger Southwest. "Dallas is a market that continues to attract new residents and retailers because of its economic strength and stability," he said. "We’ve operated here since 1958. In that period, we’ve grown our footprint to 85 stores and 43 fuel centers. We’ve successfully reached this point by closely monitoring the unique needs of this market and evolving to meet the requests of our customers."
The Kroger Southwest Division operates 211 stores, 201 pharmacies and 116 fuel centers in Texas and Louisiana.
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Kmart’s decision to open Thanksgiving morning sparks consumer backlash
NEW YORK — From Sears Holdings’ perspective, opening Kmart stores on the morning of Thanksgiving gives customers a convenient way to shop for holiday gifts. But many customers see things differently, and the retail giant is taking some flak for the decision.
Since the announcement Monday that Kmart stores would open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday, the retailer’s Facebook page has been flooded with critical comments from users, saying that opening on Thanksgiving deprives employees of the ability to spend the holiday with their families. Sears stores will also open on Thanksgiving, but not until 8 p.m.
"I am a loyal Kmart customer. In fact, I drive past Target to go to Kmart. That will change now that Kmart will be open on Thanksgiving. You will be responsible for turning Thanksgiving into just another day instead of the hallowed American day on which our nation gives thanks … Good bye Kmart," wrote Sarah Scova Klug in a comment on a post from the retailer advertising its Personal Shopper service for members of the Shop Your Way loyalty program.
Kmart has responded to the negative reaction by saying it will staff stores with volunteers and seasonal employees whenever possible, though according to the Huffington Post, an employee of the retailer in the Chicago area posted a photograph of a flier at the store saying that no requests for time off would be given for Nov. 27-29 or Dec. 22-24.
The employee that submitted the picture is right, there is no such thing as volunteers and seasonal employees to only work during holidays. Signs are really posted for employees to see and to restrain from requesting time off during the dates specified. Other then that schedules are done in advance and employees are expected to follow them. Very sad, but true.
Meijer to match donations to program for food pantries 2-to-1
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will match donations to a program to provide food for poor families later this month to mark the program’s fifth year, the mass merchandiser said.
The Midwestern retailer said it would match two-to-one every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation made between Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 to celebrate the program’s five years of existence. The program has generated more than $6.5 million for local food pantries, equal to 39 million meals. One-in-six families in the country is considered food-insecure, according to Feeding America.
"This holiday season marks a milestone for the Simply Give program," co-chairman Doug Meijer said. "We’ve been feeding hungry families in the communities we serve for five years, thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners. We are pleased this program has helped fill a void by providing 39 million meals to our hungry neighbors."
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