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    Kroger Closing Five Indiana Stores

    CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said it would close five stores in northeast Indiana Aug. 4 in the wake of its acquisition of Scott's Food & Pharmacy.

    CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. here said it would close five stores in northeast Indiana Aug. 4 in the wake of its acquisition of Scott's Food & Pharmacy.

    The stores are located in Fort Wayne, Auburn, Columbia City, Rochester, and New Haven.

    Kroger said in a statement that the store closings would affect 175 Scott's employees and 75 Kroger associates. Half of those workers are part-time.

    Associates will have the option to transfer to other Kroger stores or to receive severance packages, according to the grocer.

    "After careful analysis, we are confident our 27 remaining stores in northeast Indiana will effectively serve our customer base," said Bob Moeder, president of Kroger's Central Division. "Our goal is to ensure our customers that we have the right products, right location, good prices and a shopping experience that makes them want to return."

    Continued Moeder: "Scott's customers tell us they already are noticing the lower prices. This is an extremely important market for us."

    Kroger said in April it would buy 18 Scott's Food & Pharmacy stores from Minneapolis-based Supervalu, Inc.

    The Kroger Central Division operates 162 Food and Drug Stores with 43 Fuel Centers operating under five banners -- Kroger, Scott's, Owen's, Hilander, and Pay Less Super Markets -- with locations mainly in Indiana and Illinois, as well as five stores in Missouri, one in Michigan, and one in Ohio.

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