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Kroger to close Gassaway store

After what the Kroger Company terms “several years of poor performance and profitability” Kroger annonced last Friday that it will close its store in Gassaway, West Virginia in January 2023, according to a corporate news release.

“Closing a store is a difficult decision and one that we take very seriously. This store’s low financial returns made it unfeasible to continue to operate while still upholding our low-price commitment to our customers,” said Lori Raya, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division.

Opened in 1979, the Gassaway Kroger store is approximately 22,900 square feet, making it the smallest of the 109 stores in the Mid-Atlantic Division. As of today, the Gassaway Kroger employs 52 associates. Throughout West Virginia, Kroger employs approximately 2,900 associates in its 29 stores statewide.

“We’re grateful for the service and dedication of the associates at the Gassaway store,” added Raya. “We appreciate their contributions and helping our associates through this transition is our number one priority.”

The Mid-Atlantic Division operates more than 100 stores in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Based in Richmond, Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Division employs about 18,000 associates. Kroger is dedicated to eliminating hunger in the communities it serves through partnerships with nine Feeding America food banks and numerous local organizations. Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste efforts are aimed at ending hunger in Kroger communities and eliminating waste in stores by 2025. Kroger also supports breast cancer research, the military and their families and more than 4,000 nonprofit organizations. Last year, Kroger Mid-Atlantic donated 16.5 million meals to charity and 3,606,296 pounds of food to food bank partners.