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Kroger closing three more Triangle stores sooner than expected

Kroger plans to close all of it's stores in the Triangle including the Creekside Crossing  store in Raleigh, pictured here, June 13, 2018.
Kroger plans to close all of it's stores in the Triangle including the Creekside Crossing store in Raleigh, pictured here, June 13, 2018. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Kroger is closing three more stores across the Triangle sooner than expected.

Initially, when it announced it would be leaving the Triangle market entirely, Kroger said that its 14 grocery stores would all close on Aug. 14.

But since then, the company has already closed one store in Raleigh more than a month earlier than expected.

And now three more stores — at 3825 S. Roxboro St. and 3420 Southwest Durham Drive in Durham and 7905 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh — are closing early. The store on Roxboro Street will close July 30, while the store on Falls of Neuse Road will close Aug. 1. The store on Southwest Durham Drive will close Aug. 8.

“The stores are closing because their inventory is too low to give customers a solid selection of food and groceries,” said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager of the Mid-Atlantic Division for Kroger, in a statement. Those stores are offering substantial discounts, she added.

In June, McGee told the N&O that most items would be re-stocked until the stores close, while others would see their prices lowered.

“Currently meat, dairy and produce items, in which freshness is important to our customers, will be re-stocked daily along with our most popular items,” she said at the time. “Less popular items have been discounted as we anticipate the supply will be adequate until the closing of the stores.”

Another store, at 6300-150 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh, closed on July 10 — more than a month ahead of the company’s original closing date. According to a statement from Kroger earlier this month, the Creedmoor Road store closed at the request of Crunch Fitness, which is buying the store.

Kroger’s layoffs in the Triangle have also been larger than the company initially announced. Kroger told the N.C. Commerce Department in July that 1,652 employees will be laid off when the company closes its Triangle stores on Aug. 14.

In June, it said about 1,500 workers would be lose their jobs in the region.

Additionally, three of Kroger’s pharmacies will close earlier than scheduled. The pharmacy at 202 W. N.C. 54 in Durham will close July 31; the pharmacy at 3457 Hillsborough Road in Durham will close Aug. 1; and the one at 8345 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh will close Aug. 2. Associates at those pharmacies will be transferred to other Kroger stores in the market.

The rest of the Kroger stores are still scheduled to close on Aug. 14.

Eight of the Kroger stores will become Harris Teeter stores as part of Kroger’s changing strategy in the Triangle. Food Lion is also acquiring the store at 7905 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh.

Danna Robinson, communications manager for Harris Teeter, told The News & Observer earlier this month that there is no timetable for the Harris Teeter renovations at this time. The Food Lion location is scheduled to open in early 2019, said Matthew Harakal, a spokesman for Food Lion.

These are the Kroger stores that will soon become Harris Teeters:

202 W. NC 54 in Durham

3457 Hillsborough Road in Durham

5116 N. Roxboro Road in Durham

1273 N.W. Maynard Road in Cary

8345 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh

940 U.S. 64 in Apex

1802 North Point Dr. in Durham

1371 E. Broad St. in Fuquay-Varina

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