MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Local 24 News has learned new information in the ongoing saga of Kroger closing two Memphis stores.
Memphis community leaders say eight vendors are interested in moving into that area. Wednesday, Councilman Edmund Ford released a statement about the two Krogers closing in Memphis and potential interests. Last week Kroger announced the February 3rd closure of the stores on Lamar Avenue and
"Since the press conference, we and community leaders have worked diligently to find vendors that can fill the void that Kroger will leave in these areas on February 3rd. It is to our delight that eight vendors have approached us with the desire and will to replace Kroger as the community grocery store. In fact, one of those vendors would like to not only assume the locations on Lamar/Airways and Third/Belz, but also keep the Tri-State Bank branch open if financially feasible."
There is going to be two community meetings Thursday where people will be allowed to discuss options. Many are worried without those stores, residents will have limited options near their neighborhoods for fresh food.
Last week, the grocery chain announced the February 3 closure of the stores on Lamar Avenue and South Third.
New Wednesday - The Kroger on Lamar announced its pharmacy will be closing a bit earlier on January 23, so if you're on medication you need to transfer your prescriptions quick.
"That's the last day that this pharmacy will be actually be open. The 24th they will begin to do inventory and all of their records and files will be transferred to the Union location. If they want the prescriptions to be transferred to another store they need to come in and inform the pharmacists prior to the January 23rd deadline," said Councilwoman Jamita Swearengen. "We've spoken with various corporations. We have about eight corporations that have express their interest, one or two that are willing to house the bank as well as the pharmacy which is a pro."
The Kroger on Lamar Avenue has already changed its hours ahead of its closure. The new hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday there are two meetings. The Shelby County Black Caucus will meet from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum and one of the topics will be the Kroger closings. The second community meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.