Local Kroger closes day earlier than expected

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The Kroger on Needmore Road closed Wednesday night, a day earlier than previously expected.

The Dayton Daily News was the first to report in October that the Kroger store at 1934 Needmore Road store would close this month. At the time, Kroger said the store would close Nov. 14, but spokeswoman Erin Rolfes said Wednesday that the store will close Wednesday night.

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It has been a grocery staple in the Northridge community since it opened in 1984. A gas station was added in 2001. Now residents in the areas surrounding the closing store will have to travel miles for groceries.

One of the hardest hit areas during the Memorial Day tornado outbreak, an EF4 tornado ripped through Northridge leaving a major path of destruction. Less than two miles south of Kroger, dozens of buildings and homes were damaged, including a Grocery Lane store, which remains closed.

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The nearest open grocery store is a Save-A-Lot on Main Street about 2½ miles away. There also are two Dixie Food Mart convenience stores within a mile.

The Dayton Daily News had heard concerns from area customers and employees that other Dayton-area stores may be closing. Rolfes said Kroger does not comment on rumors and speculations, but confirmed there are no immediate plans to close any other area locations.

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