After more than 90 years of business, Kroger announced this morning that it planned to close its Columbus bakery. This immediate closure will affect 411 employees, all of whom will lose their jobs.
In a statement, Kroger explained that, “After evaluation of the equipment and layout of the plant, it became clear that the outdated layout and age of the equipment were no longer sustainable for us to remain competitive. Production at the plant will cease immediately and the process of decommissioning its operations is expected to take 60-90 days.”
According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the retailer announced that there would be no plans to close other facilities.
“We are in a highly competitive business environment that is driving our company to ensure all areas of our business are meeting their full potential,” the statement continued. “As a company, we must be able to adapt to the ever-changing retail environment and meet the needs of our customers.”
Kroger also stated that it plans to sell the property, which consists of a four-story plant and 190,000 square-feet-of-space on 3.3 acres, once the bakery is closed.
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