Walnut Hills residents collecting signatures to save their endangered Kroger store

Store scheduled to close in March 2017

CINCINNATI -- "We cannot lose the only grocery store in the area," says Walnut Hills resident Joyce Peters, who has started a petition to save the Kroger at 954 E. McMillan St. from closing up shop in March.

The grocery giant announced on Dec. 2 that the store would be closing when the new University Plaza Kroger opens about one mile away in March 2017. 

Peters said Walnut Hills residents who are elderly, disabled or without transportation depend on the convenient nearby location of the Kroger, which is why she and her neighbor started the petition to prevent the company from shutting down its store.

They will gather people who rely on the store at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Kroger to collect signatures.

"The store has lost significant profits for more than 25 years and has been profitable only one year since 1991. Over the last six years, it has lost $4.9 million," said Patty Leesemann, public affairs manager for Kroger. "Kroger appreciates the 33 years that it was able to operate a store in Walnut Hills, and this difficult decision has been delayed for as long as reasonably possible."