Kroger donates former Orange Mound location to Superlo Foods

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The community of Orange Mound received some exciting news about the old Kroger grocery store building on Lamar Monday.

The store closed in 2018. After a year and a half of sitting vacant, Kroger announced it is donating the store to Superlo Foods.

Superlo Foods already owns more than seven stores in Memphis.

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“It’s pretty unique. [Kroger] has never helped a competitor to get into one of their stores,” Randy Stepherson of Superlo Foods said.

The donation is worth about a half million dollars.

Victor Smith with Kroger called the move “unprecedented”.

Before its closing, the Kroger location in Orange Mound was where the community went to shop, bank, and receive medicine.

When it closed in February 2018, it caused great concern in the community.

During MLK 50 in April 2018, Pastor Willie Ward, Jr. stood shoulder to shoulder with Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the Rainbow Push Coalition to begin dialogue with Kroger and the community to bring another grocery store to the building.

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“We could not be more pleased because it’s going to give those added services to the community that left,” Ward said.

The Superlo will also bring new jobs to people in the community.

People in Orange Mound said they are ready to see a store committed to offering resources Kroger once provided in the space.

The new Superlo aims to open in early December.

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