Kroger adjusts security efforts at local stores - WKRN News 2

Kroger adjusts security efforts at local stores


Some Middle Tennessee Kroger stores are seeing security changes this month.

News 2 was contacted by a loyal Kroger customer who wanted to know why armed security guards would no longer be provided at its stores beginning this month.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, was nearly killed in 1997 by her then husband. 

She later divorced him and he went to prison for nearly a decade but is now out on probation. She fears he will find her again.

"If I'm at the grocery store and I'm coming out, if he finds me there in the parking lot then at least I know there is an officer there that is carrying a weapon that can protect me if it comes to my life or his life," she told News 2.

The woman says she's always chosen to do her grocery shopping at Kroger because the store had armed security guards.

But recently, the woman was told by an employee the company plans to disarm them.

Local Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads told News 2 it's the store's policy to not disclose specific details about security efforts at the individual store level or company-wide.

Eads said Kroger recently conducted an analysis of its security plan in each store and made some changes based on research. 

"There could be changes in our stores but of course the safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority," she said.

The woman hopes Kroger will reconsider its decision. 

If not, she says she'll have to consider shopping elsewhere.

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