Kroger closes stores, Edwards to prevent new food desert

As the grocery retailer, Kroger’s decision to close five Arkansas provisions would have left two more cities without full-service grocery stores. But the Edwards grocery chain is on the brink of a bailout in Brinkley.

Now according to the Mentioning “poor performance and faltering sales” even amid the pandemic as the reason for all of the closures. Kroger’s Delta division closed its Brinkley store at 1421 Pinecrest Street on May 29 after the lease was not renewed. It was GES Inc. Mariana’s subsidiary, the parent company of grocery stores Edwards Food Giant and Edwards Cash Saver. Is the owner of Kroger’s in Brinkley and will reopen the venue as Edwards Food Giant at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Kroger closes stores, Edwards to prevent new food desert

While, the new store will reopen even though renovations won’t be completed, because “this is a food desert right now,” Special Projects Director Steve Edwards Jr. stated. A food desert refers to an area with limited or no access to fresh produce and proteins at affordable prices.

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Kroger plans to close the store at 301 Pine Bluff Hwy. On July 31. The nearest store serving fresh produce and protein is approximately 25 miles away. Arkansas Business has contacted the mayor’s office and will update this story. When asked if GES would consider moving to other markets that Kroger has abandoned, Edwards said, “It’s definitely something to consider.” He stressed that the situation at Brinkley, where GES already owns the retail space, was unique.

Kroger closed its store at 1601 E. Race Ave. in Searcy on May 1 and announced Monday that it will be closing its stores at 1626 E. Harding St. At Morrilton and 305 Whitehead Drive in DeWitt (Arkansas County) on July 17.

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