Retail

July 7, 2014

Dillons to close two Wichita stores

Dillons will close two stores in Wichita, a move made because the stores have not been performed up to expectations and cannot be easily renovated or expanded.

Dillons will close two stores in Wichita, a move made because the stores have not been performed up to expectations and cannot be easily renovated or expanded.

The two stores are at Harry and Broadway and at 13th and Woodlawn. Both will close on July 19.

Dillon Cos. officials informed employees of the decision Monday.

According to a company spokeswoman, all associates will be offered placement at other locations – at Dillons or Kwik Shop stores or at distribution facilities – and there will be no layoffs.

Other Dillons stores nearby the two that will close have been expanded and renovated, said Sheila Lowrie, Dillons spokeswoman.

“We’re continuing to invest in locations where we can best serve our customers,” she said. Lowrie noted that customers are demanding more choices and products at stores, making it difficult for smaller, older stores to compete.

Dillon Cos., which was founded in Hutchinson, is a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger, which bought Dillon in 1983.

The store at 1640 S. Broadway opened in 1953 as a Kroger store, Lowrie said. The Dillons at 6297 E. 13th St. opened in 1963. Because of their locations, she said, it isn’t feasible to expand and renovate the stores.

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