TOPEKA (KSNT) – Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast released a statement on Friday on the closing of the Dillons’ store located at 1400 SW Huntoon.
Wolgast says that since the announcement last week, city leaders from across all service areas ahve been working to find a solution to what they know is a significant community issue.
“After several conversations with leadership at Kroger, Dillons’ parent company, we now know there is no changing the decision.”
The store is expected to close on February 13, 2015 at 6 p.m. Wolgast says the store already has started discounting its items and expects to be empty by Thursday.
“We know hundreds of Topekans have relied on this location for their livelihood for decades. We won’t let up until we know the residents of this community have easy access to a community grocery store.”
Wolgast states city leaders have begun engaging with different community leaders and businesses to find a more permanent solution.
“Since the news broke of Dillons’ intentions, we have been in constant communications with the store and its parent company, with area residents and businesses and with community leaders to find a solution,” Topeka City Manager Jim Colson said. “We will find a resolution, and this community will become stronger than ever.”
Topeka Metro will have buses parked prominently outside the Dillons store three days next week, with staff on hand offering route details and information about how to carry groceries on their buses. Hours will be: 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9; and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10.
“Topeka Metro cares about helping those who will no longer have a grocery and pharmacy location nearby,” said Metro general manager Susan Duffy. “Our staff wants to help those who may have been within walking distance now having to navigate riding a bus to shop for food and get prescriptions filled. To help make this transition process less painful, we will provide guidance for alternate routes that may work for them and their particular situation.”