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Elderly plea to keep Roselawn Kroger open

By Rontina McCann - bio|email

ROSELAWN (FOX 19) -- Despite a passionate plea by Cincinnati's mayor and community members, Kroger in the Hillcrest Shopping Center in Roselawn will close its doors Sunday evening for good.

Kroger executives say the store lost more than a million dollars last year because of shoppers choosing the newly remodeled store in nearby Norwood.

Residents though who stuck with the Roselawn location are upset and concerned.

Many who shop there are  elderly on a fixed income, do not own vehicles and depend on public transportation. 77 year-old Mary Peterson says it is heartbreaking. "We are horrified, they didn't even let us know."

Mary lives around the corner from the Roselawn location, but she still has to get a ride, either in a cab or from a friend to make her weekly shopping trip.

With tears in her eyes, she pleads her case and explains her situation, "Old people like us, we can't get around. We can't even carry our groceries, somebody has to carry our groceries for us. That's not fair for them to treat us like that."

April 25 at 5 p.m. the store closes.

From the Roselawn store, it took our crew 15 minutes and 5 miles to get to the Vine Street location, which along with Norwood, is the closest Kroger.

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