Neighbors lament closing of Kroger in Georgetown Mall
Helen Kamoroff has been going to the Kroger store in Georgetown Mall for at least 10 years. In that decade, she’s come to know the people at the store as if they were family.
Kamoroff became so close to Ruthann Wild, one of the cashiers, that she invited Wild to her birthday party last year.
“We get so close because it’s such a small store,” Kamoroff said. “I get lost in the big one.”
Kamoroff is one of several neighbors near the Georgetown Mall who don't want to see the grocery close. Kroger announced yesterday that the store on Ann Arbor’s southeast side would close Sept. 12. (Read Paula Garder's analysis on Georgetown Mall.)
The closing of the 25,872-square-foot store will leave the entire retail complex empty.
Neighbors lament the store’s closure, but hope the mall will eventually be developed into something that would enhance the area.
“I thought they were going to put up condos with a shopping area,” said Ruth Bernard, a loyal customer of Kroger for 12 years.
Aura Ahuvia, Bernard’s daughter-in-law, said she’d like to see a “Kerrytown South” feel to the area, “with a variety of little shops and restaurants.”
She also suggested a farmer’s market.
“We have all of this space and a huge amount of parking,” she said.
Phenice Gibbons was shocked to hear the store is closing.
“I don’t want them to leave,” she said. “I live right down the street. It’s convenient for the people in the neighborhood. I love Kroger, I love the savings, and the yellow tags.”
Jessica Kerman is an intern for AnnArbor.com. Photo by Melanie Maxwell of AnnArbor.com: Ruth Bernard, of Ann Arbor, loads her groceries into her trunk after shopping at Kroger in the Georgetown Mall this morning.