Collierville restaurants donating parts of proceeds to Kroger shooting victims

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Collierville community is coming together one month after a gunman killed one woman and injured 14 other people in a mass shooting at a Kroger.

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Eleven restaurants participated in dine-out day on Thursday, with 10 percent of their sales benefiting the victims of that shooting and their families.

“There are people in the Kroger that work there day in, day out I know by name and I speak to when I go in, it’s like family,” Collierville resident Marcy Philhours said.

Community members like Philhours had a chance to give back to victims of that shooting on Thursday.

“It was just heart-wrenching to think about,” she said.

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Tony’s Trophy Room was one of the 11 restaurants that participated. Owner Tony Sarwar said when he heard about the fundraiser, he joined without hesitation.

“The difference of Collierville that doesn’t make it a city that, really makes it a town, is these types of things. When one of us hurts, we all hurt,” Sarwar said. “This just gives us an opportunity to start the healing process, be there for the people who really need us right now.”

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Sarwar said he was in the Kroger on Byhalia Rd. when the shooting happened.

“My anxiety was through the roof. I knew just on the other side of that wall, there were gunshots going on and it brings you to reality really quickly,” he said.

Now, a month later, the community is still healing. ‘Collierville Strong’ signs are posted on numerous businesses and restaurants as symbols of resilience and a community that will come back stronger than before.

“We support the people that just went through such a tragedy, and we just want them to be able to come back to work and let them know the community loves them,” Philhours said.

The other restaurants that participated include Stix Collierville, Jim’s Place Grille, The Skybox Grill, Germantown Comissary, Collierville Commissary, Bella’s Pizzaria, Smallcakes Collierville, Lost Pizza Co. and Huey’s.