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The Kroger Co.'s Central Division made a $25,000 grant to the Indiana Historical Society in support of a special exhibit based on a bygone local grocery -- Zwerner's Citizen Market in Terre Haute, Ind. – which predates Kroger's own presence in the market.
The exhibit, circa 1945, is titled, “You Are There: 1945 Hoosier Grocery,” and pre-dates the Cincinnati-based grocer’s arrival in Indiana.
“As the grocery chain with the longest history in Indiana, it is fitting that Kroger partner with the Indiana Historical Society to support an exciting, educational exhibit on Hoosier history,” said Bob Moeder, president of Kroger’s 154-store Indianapolis-based Central Division.
“Education is a national priority for Kroger,” added Moeder.
He said that hunger relief is also a national priority for supermarket chain. As such, he commended the Indiana Historical Society’s idea to donate all canned and non-perishable food containers used in the exhibit to Gleaners Food Bank at its conclusion.
“As we celebrate our own 125th anniversary, we are mindful of the important legacy Barney Kroger has left for Kroger associates and customers,” Moeder said, in a nod to the chain’s founder, who started the company in 1883 with $122 in cash. “I believe he would be extremely proud of this initiative.” The founder’s first store was located along the Cincinnati riverfront, at 66 E. Pearl St.
As the 80th largest corporation in the world with revenues of nearly $70 billion in 2007, Kroger operates approximately 2,600 food stores, 1,900 pharmacies, 800 convenience stores, 700 fuel centers, 400 jewelry stores and 42 food manufacturing plants, bakeries and dairies under 34 different banners in 31 states.