Anecdote relayed to me from a Roselawn resident: I went to Kroger in Roselawn for something as simple as orange juice. It wasn't until I got it home, that I realized it had already expired for 7 days. I can't imagine that happening to me in any other neighborhood Kroger.
Just one person's story but it's a single example of the many ways Kroger let it's Roselawn customers down. But Kroger insists that the store isn't necessary and that the store lost money, not because of their poor marketing, but because people don't just don't shop there anymore. Except for the hundreds trying to keep the store open. I suppose they don't count, being elderly, low income & mostly black.
Speaking of "mostly black", it seems that many white people in the city have their theories as to why the Roselawn Kroger closed. The comments I've seen online show that bigotry in Cincinnati is as nasty and insidious as it ever was. Prepare to have your stomach turned.
When members of the community do not support the safety of their own community by reporting crime and helping authorities to solve crimes that occur in the particular community then that crime will affect the business community to the point that it is no longer profitable to stay.
But NO. Armed robberies are people with guns or knifes and usually significant drug and/or alcohol problems which manifests itself in killing people to satisfy that addiction. This can result in loss of life or harm to employees. No amount of profit is worth that risk when the risk gets as high as it is in Roselawn.
4/25/2010 10:20:53 AM
where are the stories of the unhappy biggs customers? 4 of those are closing why isnt ms mayor mallery talking to them? could it be white folk just shrug and move on?channel 9 mentioned the bus and changing busses.are they saying these folks do not own cars? come on folks do something for yourselves.jeeez.next we'll be tuckin you in at night.
davidencinci - 4/25/2010 4:19 PM
I am sick and tired of the black community whining about what THEY DESERVE. If you took better care of your neighborhood and raised your children better, Kroger probably wouldn't be leaving. Oh but wait.....it's never YOUR fault is it? Give me a freakin break!!!
Apr. 19, 2010 1:35am EDT | from chrismcp
I guess Mr. Thomas and his group are trying to make a racial issue out of krogers wanting to close a store that has been losing money for over a year.I am sure that some of the black community is at fault for that million dollar lose,because of their shop lifting.1 out 2 people leaving that store has hid something on their person. so you people can blame the store closing on your own kind.cannot blame the white folk for this one,but i'm sure someone will try.
Apr. 18, 2010 12:09am EDT | from cchseal2
maybe the citizens of the neighborhood should clean up the place so krogers and other businesses would want to stay. eventually all that will be left in that area is the roselawn park that the thugs have fun in. oh yeah and the new cps school where the kids will never do well in anyway, as their parents are the thugs in the park...... rediculous
Apr. 17, 2010 9:38pm EDT | from justsharon1
Whats the crime rate in Roselawn? Maybe these residents should help influence the good of the community and make it a better place so business can thrive and grow.Thomas should hold a rally to make better citizens starting with his trashy ghetto daughter.
Apr. 17, 2010 3:19pm EDT | from xavier1
That is the most ghetto Kroger ever! Good riddance.
Apr. 17, 2010 1:53pm EDT | from kasper923
It would seem to me that a private corporation could open or close any store that it wants. Unless of course if it's in a racially charged neighborhood..Call rev jesse and uncle Al (sharpton), they'll stop it
Apr. 17, 2010 1:44pm EDT | from nobodiesfool
Considering how much in groceries they must be losing to theft for the store to have a $1M loss for the year. If it isn't theft, then that means the store isn't being shopped at. Either way, it's a sound business decision. Of course I know it means people will have to travel farther to get their groceries, and that many of those people don't have cars. I also understand it means a loss of jobs. But rather than boycott Kroger (which is kind of silly considering that the people involved in the boycott aren't willing to travel to a farther away Kroger anyway), shouldn't they focus on fixing the problems that led to Kroger not being profitable int he first place? That's the problem with some of the leadership in the African American community. They are muckrakers and pot stirrers, not leaders. Rather than address the real problems, like children who don't care about education, crime sprees and gangs, they focus on boycotting Kroger for closing a store thats losing a boatload of money. Having a Kroger in Roselawn won't slow down "black-on-black" crime. Having a Kroger in Roselawn won't raise test scores at Roselawn-Condon. Having a Kroger apparently only made it easier to steal food.
Apr. 30, 2010 9:01am EDT | from PhineasDelgado
Boycott will eliminate the shoplifting. Great idea. Instead of losing money the company will break even. No sales , no loss.
Apr. 30, 2010 8:43am EDT | from irishdanny
It is not Kroger's fault that the generations of kids in that area were not raised right.
Apr. 30, 2010 10:15am EDT | from KennedyHtsDr
So Roselawn deserves being without a grocery store in a 10 mile radius because as we all know it's a common fact: black people steal.
My level of disgust with the white people who made those comments cannot be described. Some of the other comments seem to think that boycott of Kroger is "stupid" because it proves the people of Roselawn can and will shop somewhere else.
I suppose they must think that either all black folks live in Roselawn or that black people elsewhere will not be sympathetic to what's happening there. So I replied:
I hate to break it to some of you but black people do live in other neighborhoods besides Roselawn. And when I make the extra trip to take some of my church members to the grocery store - now that they don't have one in their own neighborhood - do you think I'm going to take them to another Kroger?
And knowing how Kroger is choosing to starve out my friends & family Roselawn, do you think I'm going to spend my own hard-earned shopping dollars in Kroger? A boycott makes perfect sense. I and my family will not spend another dime in Kroger stores or buy gas at Shell Stations that are in partnership with their shopper card. And I'm not the only one.
Kroger is going to lose a lot more than a million dollars in the end if people get serious about the boycott. They're banking that people won't care and in this day and age, they might be right. But they've lost my family as customers for good. Here's hoping other people follow suit.
The boycott continues...let's hope it catches on.