Money
1:11 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Kroger closes N. Anthony Scott's; announces new investments

Officials from the Kroger grocery chain announced today the company will not reopen its North Anthony location in Fort Wayne, which was shut down due to major structural issues.

Earlier this year, several public officials lobbied to keep the store open, but the company ultimately deemed the problems beyond repair. The pharmacy adjacent to the North Anthony Scott's will also close.

In a statement, Kroger Central Division President Bob Moeder said employees at the North Anthony store were told Friday morning they could transfer to other locations.

"We remain committed to northeast Indiana and we will continuously improve the way we serve our customers, care for our associates and support our local communities," Moeder said.

Today's announcements also include new investments in locations around Fort Wayne, totaling more than $100 million. Those plans include remodeling the Clinton Street store, which will include a new gas station; the opening of a new store at the Village at Coventry; and a remodeling of the Bluffton Road location.

The new construction means means the company will add an additional 100 jobs.