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Customers Hope To Keep Weston Kroger Open

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For people like Bill White, shopping at Kroger isn't just supporting a local business. It's something he and his family have done for five or six decades, and want to keep doing.

"We started out shopping at the Kroger on Main Street, then out on West Second, then out on this end of town and now this one at the Market Place, and it's where we get our groceries. I just came out of Kroger, spent $250 there. We hate to see them leave." said White.

And White isn't alone in wanting the business to stay. Andrea Evans owns the Second and Center Cafe in Weston. She said she does her personal shopping there, and she also gets many items for the cafe.

"We can not get any better bread, I'm trying all my vendors and this is the best bread I can get from Kroger, and it's their brand, so I buy their brand bread always, and always buy their dressings because I can get a larger variety in a smaller container," said Evans.

Lewis County officials are also trying to help keep the location active. Commissioner Agnes Queen has been drumming up support on Facebook, and Economic Development Director Mike Herron said no matter what happens to Kroger, they'll find a way to keep a business in the location.

"We'll do what we need to do to fill that space, and if we can attract another grocer that can come in with a business model that can be competitive, we will," Herron said.

White hoped the store remains open since it's more convenient for him and his neighbors just up the Interstate.

"Yeah, we could go to Clarksburg, I guess, but it's a lot closer to Weston, it's a lot handier, come right up the interstate from Jane Lew, pop off and here you are," White said.

The Weston location is one of two slated to be closed.  Kroger also announced the closure of their store in Quincy, Kanawha County.

The Lewis County store will close on April 11.