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Kroger's Raleigh-Durham exit to affect 1,500 employees

Kroger is exiting the Raleigh-Durham market as of mid-August, which will affect 1,500 employees. Of the company’s 14 stores in the area, eight have been sold to Harris Teeter, one to Food Lion and another to Crunch Fitness. Kroger is exploring potential options for the remaining four stores.krolog

The transaction with Harris Teeter is expected to be completed in August. The company intends to finalize its remodel and re-opening plans while the stores are closed. Pharmacies at five of the purchased stores will remain open throughout the transition.

“Kroger has a long tradition of operating in this area, as does Harris Teeter,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Our valued associates have proudly served these Raleigh-Durham communities for decades, so these store locations are especially attractive to us. We plan to invest in remodeling a number of these locations to better serve our shoppers in this growing and vibrant market.”

"We are so excited to add this new location to our network of more than 160 stores serving the Raleigh area," said Food Lion President Meg Ham. "We've been the neighborhood friend that our customers can count on for more than 40 years in Raleigh. With the addition of this new store, we have an even greater opportunity to serve more customers — our neighbors — with fresh, quality products at affordable prices every day with the caring, friendly service they expect from their local Food Lion."

Food Lion will complete an extensive remodel of the store and expects it to open in early 2019. When the store reopens as Food Lion, it will offer an expanded variety and assortment of products that are relevant to customers, such as more local, natural, organic and gluten-free items.