Collierville Kroger making changes before reopening after mass shooting

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Big changes are coming to the grocery store in Collierville where a gunman opened fire on customers and employees killing one woman.

FOX13 spoke with a Kroger representative about what they’re doing inside that store, which remains closed nearly two weeks later.

The spokesperson said the goal is to make the store look new and different - a total change from how it looked the day of the mass shooting.

Meanwhile, employees are taking advantage of counseling services.

“The healing process is beginning, so trying to give them their privacy so they can heal,” Teresa Dickerson with Kroger Corporate Affairs told FOX13.

Collierville Vice Mayor Maureen Fraser said she hopes teh store will reopen and look brand new by Thanksgiving.

“Hopefully, this will encourage them to come back and know it’s a safe place and it’s going to be new and improved and they won’t have the nightmares,” she said.

Fraser believes it’s important to change the look of the store after the tragedy, especially since she knew the victim, 70-year-old Olivia King.

She says during the funeral, King’s son said it’s important to remember how his mom lived her life versus how she died.

“What can we do to improve and be kind to one another, treat each other with respect, help each other out?” said Fraser.

Fraser says she’s seen this from the “Collierville Strong” signs and t-shirts along with surrounding school districts that had “Maroon Day” to support Collierville.

Fraser said she is confident the town will move forward but admits it’s going to take some time.

“I was not there but I still have a hard time sleeping and it’s been almost two weeks now,” she said.

No reopening date has been set for the Colliervile Kroger store yet.