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Kroger closing Cumberland Road store, Bluefield Beverage Plant

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Kroger is closing the store on Cumberland Road in Bluefield, as well as Bluefield Beverage Plant, the company announced Friday.

Kroger says a total of 164 jobs are impacted by the closings. The store is scheduled to close on April 30. The bottling plant will close April 27.

Kroger says it's working with the approximately 110 employees of Bluefield Beverage, located at 219 Industrial Park Road in Bluefield, Va., to find another job within the organization.

Under Kroger's contract with Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, the 28 full-time employees at the Cumberland Road store may move to other stores in Virginia, depending on seniority.

The store's 26 part-time employees will be laid off.

In each case, Kroger cited several years of losing money as the reasons behind the decisions.

"These are difficult decisions that we have fought off for several years in the hopes that economic conditions would improve," spokesman Carl York said. "In fact, the operations continue to lose money and we must reduces expenses to keep our prices competitive and provide a return on investment to our shareholders."

York commended the dedication and hard work of the employees.

"Our associates have performed at a high level, and we are grateful for their good work," he said. "Simply put, the economy is forcing businesses to make tough decisions everywhere."

Kroger operates 124 stores in its Mid-Atlantic region, including two other stores in Mercer County -- on Stafford Drive in Princeton and Route 52 in Brushfork.

 

NOTE: A previous version of this story listed the Cumberland Road closing date as March 30, as stated in a press release from the company. Representatives say the store will close on April 30.

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