SMITHERS, WV (WOAY) – Kroger has announced it will close its store in Smithers, West Virginia in late October due to struggling sales for the past several years.
“Closing a store is a difficult decision that we take very seriously. This store’s low financial returns make it impossible to continue to operate while still upholding our low-price commitment to our customers,” said Jerry Clontz, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division.
The Smithers Kroger employs 59 associates. “We’re grateful for the service and dedication of the associates at the Smithers store,” added Clontz. “We appreciate their contributions and we are working with them to identify positions in other Kroger store locations. Helping our associates through this transition is our number one priority,” said Clontz.
Opened in 1993, the Smithers Kroger store is approximately 18,500 square feet, making it the smallest of the 109 stores in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Kroger operates 36 stores in West Virginia, employing approximately 3,963 associates.
Smithers lies along the Kanawha River, approximately 30 miles southeast of Charleston. The store also serves Montgomery.