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Closing West Bloomfield Kroger was old Hiller’s Market

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Kroger Co. of Michigan announced Friday its West Bloomfield store will shutter in July.

West Bloomfield’s store at 6433 Orchard Lake, just north of Maple, closes July 16. The 85 employees at the West Bloomfield location will have the chance to transfer to other Kroger locations, according to a news release, and other stores in Orchard Lake and Commerce Township will remain open.

The store was one of seven Hiller’s Markets acquired by Kroger in May 2015 for an undisclosed price. Krogers said the plan at that time was to incorporate Hiller’s upscale, diverse product line and highly customer-focused culture into the larger chain, in hopes of developing a hybrid that can be scaled across the grocery division. One store in Commerce Township was closed shortly after the sale, and the remaining six Hiller’s locations were rebranded as Kroger stores.

According to Jayne Homco, Kroger Co. of Michigan president, the closure comes after Kroger evaluated “each store’s performance to ensure it is best meeting the needs of the customers, associates and stockholders we serve.”

The West Bloomfield Kroger is one of six that reopened last year in former Hiller’s Market locations.

Rachel Hurst, spokeswoman for Kroger Co. of Michigan, said there’s no plan to replace the West Bloomfield location, adding that, “The store was not performing to the desired level.”

Royal Oak’s Kroger at 13 Mile and Woodward recently closed after Beaumont Health purchased the Northwood Shopping Center with plans to raze the entire plaza. Hurst said that location is being replaced with a 120,000-square-foot “marketplace” at 12 Mile and Stephenson Highway by the end of the year.

Novi-based Kroger Co. of Michigan operates 126 stores in the state. The company employes more than 375,000 in 2,640 stores and 34 states and Washington, D.C. The company also runs 1,240 supermarket fuel centers.

“Kroger will to continue to evaluate opportunities for growth in the West Bloomfield area and plans to invest more than $180 million in new and remodeled stores in Michigan communities during 2016,” Homco said in a news release. “Increasing product selection and adding value and savings is an important part of Kroger’s promise to provide customers the best possible shopping experience.”

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