Kroger announces closure of Westwood store

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Kroger has announced plans to close its location on Harrison Avenue in Westwood, and expand its store in Delhi Township.

The Westwood location will close on May 8, 2011. The store has been operating since 1973 and has lost money in each of the past eight years, company officials said.

A newly remodeled store less than two miles away from the Harrison Avenue location will reopen on May 5. The store on Ferguson Road has been temporarily closed since March while undergoing a wall to wall remodel.

"We must focus on operating successful stores because they allow us to keep prices low for our customers," said Reuben Shaffer, Vice President of Operations for Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton Division.  "After evaluating the shopping patterns and profitability of the store, we came to the conclusion that operating two stores in Westwood was not sustainable.  We will work with our customers at the Harrison Avenue location in Westwood to make the transition as easy as possible."

The Delhi Township location will undergo an $8 million project that will add 30,000 square feet and create 40 jobs.

"Kroger has a long history of serving customers in Cincinnati's West Side communities, and the investment shows how deeply we are committed to the area," said Sukanya Madlinger, President of the Cincinnati/Dayton Division.

Since 2005, Kroger officials say they have spent $60 million on Cincinnati's west side, adding stores in Price Hill, Western Hills Plaza and a marketplace store in Harrison. Remodel expansions also took place in Westwood and Green Township.

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