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Opening Arguments

Evil grocers strike

What great news. Kroger plans a $75 million expansion program in the Fort Wayne area that will add three new stores, expand two existing ones and remodel three more, creating 250 new jobs over the next three years. Guess we have to give thanks to some savvy economic development planners in local and county government and, who knows, maybe the state even had a hand in it.

Oh, wait:

"The combination of Kroger and Scott's has been very carefully managed and I am pleased to tell you that one year later we have exceeded every measure of success in our business plan," Moeder said in a prepared statement.

Does that mean government didn't create these jobs? Kroger is just doing this because it made more money than it thought it would and now wants to make even more? What evil, capitalist scum! Quick, somebody stop them before they make a bigger profit and ruin everything.

Posted in: Our town


Bob G.
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 10:33am

Leo, I also heard that Kroger was CLOSING 3 stores as well, and shifting THOSE people to other locations...

(anyone wanna take bets on the Scotts near the Kroger at Southgate closing?)


Leo Morris
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 11:15am

That'd be my guess, since they remodeled and expanded that Kroger's a few years ago. As long as they leave that Kroger's and the Scotts on Bluffton road alone, I'll be happy. Oh, and if Wal-Mart could please stay put at Southtown, that'd be nice, too. That's a good place to shop when I get tired of the Kroger/Scott grocery offerings.

Mike Harvey
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 11:27am

Hate it when capitalist types give money to charity, develop programs to help the disadvantaged, allow employees to cut breaks to customers beneath their nose, hire more qualified minorities, pay hiked-up property taxes and have highly motivated employees. They can go to Hell.

tim zank
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 12:39pm

Mike, it's because those stupid bastards don't realize it's the gubmints job to do all that. What are they thinking???

Bob G.
Fri, 01/16/2009 - 2:19pm

Hey, Tim...stop dissin' MY NEIGHBORS
...that's MY job...LOL!

Steve G
Sat, 01/17/2009 - 2:31pm

Now if Kroger would only develop a program to provide SERVICE in their stores. Since they closed the New Haven Scott's, the only grocery in New Haven is Kroger. They make little attempt to provide service, such as sufficient open checkout lanes. Most of the open lanes are usually self-check. Most of the locals end up shopping elsewhere, usually Wal-Mart or Meijer. So much for trying to support local business.

Z Man
Mon, 01/19/2009 - 9:41am

Before you all sing the praises of how 100% laissez-faire capitalism is at work here, lets wait for the fine print. Do you really think this is going to happen without state grants, property tax relief, and city assistance for infrastructure etc? I'm in favor of all of the above, but let's not forget how we all have a helping hand in this through our tax dollars.

Mon, 01/19/2009 - 12:56pm

Right, right... But maybe its having to talk one extreme to combat another extreme.

Bob G.
Mon, 01/19/2009 - 8:07pm

I was right about the Scotts on Decatur Road closing (that makes one of the three)...amazing how you can PREDICT the ways this part of town (the SOUTH side) will go down the crapper...simply amazing.


tim zank
Mon, 01/19/2009 - 10:18pm

Bob that's too bad, that's the old Avey's store, at one time the largest grocery store in Indiana. Looks like you'll be trekking on over to Wally World at S-Town, eh?

Bob G.
Tue, 01/20/2009 - 9:43am

Guess again, Tim.
I'll probably be bumping into Leo at the WAYNEDALE Scotts...LOL!

The southtown Wallyworld is something I DO NOT recommend for the "faint-of-heart" , or those NOT carrying pepper spray.