August 2 – Kroger’s Central Division announced Thursday the decision to close the Fairview Plaza store in Decatur. Kroger has long monitored operations of the store, hoping it could return to profitability; however, recent evaluations suggest such improvement is no longer realistic. So, with the lease due to expire, the store will cease operations by the end of August. The fuel center will also close.
Customers will be able to shop, fill prescriptions and get fuel at the other Kroger stores in the area. Two stores, Brettwood Village with the fuel center and South Shore are approximately 3 miles from the King Street store.
Members of the Kroger Human Resources Department will use the remaining weeks to answer questions and help the approximately 95 associates prepare for the transition. The HR team will strive to find other positions for the store associates at the other Decatur Kroger stores.
Company leaders praised the associates, saying the closing is not a reflection on them or their work. The associates have performed extremely well and have been committed to customer service in spite of the business challenges around them. Kroger will continue to count on their dedication through the coming month.
The Kroger family of companies has been serving communities large and small for 135 years. Kroger’s Central Division operates food stores, pharmacies and fuel centers primarily in Indiana and Illinois.