Candlelight Vigil Held for Michigan Kroger Closing

Candlelight Vigil Held for Michigan Kroger Closing

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DEARBORN – Sometimes saying goodbye to our favorite food stores is hard. So hard, in fact, that funeral garb and candles are necessary.

Close to 100 faithful Michigan shoppers gathered to hold a “vigil” after the closing of a popular local supermarket chain location.

The group of devoted shoppers, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, came together outside the Kroger grocery store in Dearborn, Mich., after it was closed on Saturday afternoon. Tears fell. People lost their minds. And the Krogerstore nestled across the street continued peddling their foodstuffs.

Fans of the store dressed in funeral garb, waved signs and lit candles as they mourned the closing of the location.

“This is a community celebration this is what community means to Kroger, the diversity, the inclusion and the respect that the community has for the years of dedication we’ve given to our consumers, this is a celebration of our great associates and the great customers we served every single day,” Kroger Corporate Affairs Manager Rachel Hurst told Michigan news station WJBK.

A newer Kroger location across the street from the one that was closed on Saturday will remain open.

Kroger officials said that employees who were laid off due to the store’s closure will be offered jobs at other area stores. The company did not release a news story according to their website.

Recently, the company formed PearlRock Partners with Lindsay Goldberg. The new platform will identify, invest in and help grow the next generation of leading consumer product brands. PearlRock Partners will be one of the largest data-driven investment vehicles focused on consumer brands. The platform will be a part of Kroger’s alternative profit streams portfolio.


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