April 19 • 03:15 PM

Kroger is on its way

Interviews to take place June 28-30 at the Countryside Banquet Center

June 27, 2007
IMLAY CITY — It's official. The Kroger Company has purchased the Farmer Jack supermarket on Cedar Street (Van Dyke).

The announcement ends speculation about whether the site would be one of those sold to the Cincinnati-based Kroger.

The sale is considered good news for current Farmer Jack workers, some of whom could be re-hired by Kroger.

Interviews will begin tomorrow (Thurs., June 28) through Saturday, June 30 from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Countryside Banquet Center, 596 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City.

Kroger spokesman Dale Hollandsworth urges prospective applicants to simplify the application process by going on line at:

"That will greatly facilitate the process," said Hollandsworth. "People can still apply in person, but filling out the application online will help things go much faster."

Hollandsworth added that all applicants are required to bring a photo ID along to the interview.

He said Kroger intends to interview many current Farmer Jack employees, including those from the Imlay City store.

Hollandsworth offered no specific time frame for opening the Imlay City store. However, he stressed that time is of the essence.

"I can tell you we want to move this along as quickly as possible," he said. "We don't want that store to be dark for very long."

While some uncertainties remain, Hollandsworth expressed confidence that Kroger will serve Imlay City shoppers with the same professionalism they had been accustomed to at Farmer Jack.

"We're excited about the acquisition of Farmer Jack," he said. "The company had been a powerhouse in that market. We're enthusiastic about blending the best of Kroger with the best of Farmer Jack."

The official sale and purchase transaction is expected to be finalized in July, subject to anticipated closing conditions.

Officials from United Food & Commercial Workers Local 876 report that the Imlay City store will be one of several Kroger interview sites as the company looks to make 3,000 new hires.

The purchase of 20 former Farmer Jack stores in prime Detroit-area locations, expands Kroger's operations statewide to 138 supermarkets.

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., parent company of Farmer Jack, recently announced it would sell or close 66 stores in Michigan.

With the sale of 20 stores to Kroger, the status of the other 46 locations is unclear. It has been rumored that some of the remaining locations will be picked up by Spartan Stores, Best Buy, Home Depot or other independent grocers.

Farmer Jack stores failing to draw interest on the selling block will eliminate their stock and padlock their doors.

Staff Writer
Castle Creek
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