Demand for grocery delivery cools as food costs rise
Karen Raschke, a retired attorney in New York, started getting her groceries delivered early in the pandemic. Then earlier this spring, Raschke learned her rent was increasing by $617 per month. U.S. demand for grocery delivery is cooling as prices for food and other necessities rise.news.yahoo.com
Executives warn customers to brace for continued shortages and price hikes in 2022: 'I half-jokingly tell people, "Order your Christmas presents now"'
"The logistics industry does not see 2022 as having any less disruption in supply chains than in 2021," the president of UPS said on Sunday.news.yahoo.com
Man arrested after sticking phone under woman’s bathroom stall at a Salem Kroger, police say
SALEM, Va. – The Salem Police Department arrested a man last week after he was caught sticking his phone under a woman’s bathroom stall at a Kroger in Salem. According to police, a teenage employee caught 23-year-old Stephen Via and confronted him about it. When he was confronted, police said he assaulted her and then ran out of the store. Police said Via was charged with the following four charges on March 8:
Kroger plans to deliver one million coronavirus vaccines each week
Kroger announced it will soon be able to deliver one million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week through in-store pharmacies, clinics and off-site mass vaccination events. Kroger Health plans to use the first hour to focus on administering Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to get more people vaccinated faster. The new changes will be launched this week in Ohio, with other states following next week as soon as more vaccines and supplies become available. “I’m so proud of Kroger Health and our teams across the country whose dedication, commitment, and flexibility are helping America confront and recover from this public health crisis. By the end of this week, Kroger Health will have administered one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and we’re only getting started.
4 people in Michigan won January $1.05B Mega Millions prize
In this Feb. 26, 2021, photo provided by the Michigan Lottery, attorney Kurt Panouses poses with a check on behalf of the winners of a Mega Millions lottery jackpot in Lansing, Mich. Four people in a suburban Detroit lottery club have won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot and will share $557 million after taxes. (Michigan Lottery via AP)DETROIT – A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot and will receive $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. After taxes, the $776 million payment was reduced to about $557 million, the Michigan Lottery said. The $1.05 billion jackpot was the largest in Michigan Lottery history and the third-largest in the United States. Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Salem Kroger apologizes after denying pregnant woman Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
SALEM, Va. – A Kroger in our area is apologizing after turning a pregnant woman away from her COVID-19 vaccine. Tiffany Del Rio and her husband live in northern Virginia and are expecting their second child. AdDel Rio told 10 News the staff at the Salem Kroger told her the Pfizer vaccine was not recommended for pregnant women, a claim she believes to be false. While the CDC is still studying the effects of the Pfizer vaccine on pregnant women, the agency does not say pregnant women should not receive it. Last month Pfizer told NBC News it was enrolling up to 4,000 pregnant women in clinical trials.
Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable
Even when grocery workers are prioritized, they still face long waits. "The politicians and the health departments have been singing the praises of grocery workers but now they have been silent.”Major food retailers say they are doing their part to get their workers vaccinated. But for many grocery workers, the realization that they won’t be eligible any time soon adds to the sense of being expendable. Over the past two months, there have been 137 COVID-19 outbreaks in Southern California grocery stores, and 500 Houston grocery workers have been infected, according to the UFCW. The union knows of 124 grocery workers who have died since the start of the pandemic.
What’s News Today: Student achievement, school athletics
AdThe Botetourt County School Board will discuss the proposed calendar for the next school year. The Roanoke County School Board will discuss athletics today. Administrators in Roanoke County will present data on student achievement today. It shows, some students, who are learning online, are struggling, especially in middle and high school. In middle school, only one percent of students were failing last year.
Online petition shows some aren’t pumped about Lynchburg Kroger gas station
LYNCHBURG, Va. – There’s backlash over a push to add a gas station at one Lynchburg Kroger. As we reported last month, there are plans to tear down the two-story building at The Village Courts shopping center on Boonsboro Road. Kroger wants to add a gas station to its existing store, but an online petition with more than 1,100 isn’t buying it. Below is a statement from Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic:Kroger has been working with the landlord at the Village Court Shopping Center on their plans to renovate. We agreed to make all 3 of those changes: we’re adding landscaping between the shopping center and the neighbors, we’re installing a privacy fence, and we’re improving an existing storm sewer concern.
Michigan Mega Millions ticket wins $1.05 billion jackpot
The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing after more than four months without a winner. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)DES MOINES, Iowa – Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.
Roanoke gains new community food pantry
ROANOKE, Va. – The Salvation Army partnered with Kroger to unveil a new community pantry Friday. Salvation Army Captain Russell Clay said the need for their services has grown to 47% this year due to main factors like the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea was in the works for nearly a year, and it’s now a reality where families can visit the Salvation Army on Dale Avenue to receive a box of food. Though the pantry is intended to serve the Roanoke Valley, Clay said he cannot turn down a person in need. “We got too many kids in this area that need to be fed and you know, they need to get food,” said Clay.
Roanoke Police Department donates turkeys ahead of Christmas
ROANOKE, Va – The Roanoke City Police Department is working to make sure those in the community don’t go hungry this holiday season. On Tuesday morning, members of the Roanoke Police Department went around the city, donating just over a dozen turkeys from Kroger to those in need. They said after a tough year, they wanted to help give back to the community. This is the best way that we can give back and you know everybody can use a break. The department also passed out turkeys at Thanksgiving and hopes to make this an annual tradition.
Kroger donates to Park View Community Mission to help feed children
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Kroger is helping one Lynchburg organization distribute meals to children in need. The supermarket chain donated $39,000 to assist Park View Community Mission in purchasing two more vans. The vehicles will be used for their Food for Thought Program, which provides meals to children on weekends. The new vans are wrapped with Park View’s logo and other images. “The hope is that the vans will be more identifiable, having been wrapped with Park View, instead of just random people pulling up in random vehicles and handing out bags of food,” said Gordy Harper, Park View’s executive director.
You can now get a rapid antibody COVID-19 test at Kroger
You can now walk into a Kroger and within 15 minutes, you’ll know if you’ve recently been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The FDA-authorized rapid antibody test is done using a finger-prick blood sample and is now available at more than Kroger pharmacies in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, according to a release sent out by the company on Tuesday morning. Officials say each test is $25 and typically takes around 15 minutes. For more information, click here.
Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as virus surges
NEW YORK – Looking for toilet paper? Supermarket chains Kroger and Publix are limiting how much toilet paper and paper towels shoppers can buy after demand spiked recently. And Amazon is sold out of most disinfectant wipes and paper towels. The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month, according to market research company IRI. Amazon said its working with manufacturers to get items such as disinfecting wipes, paper towels and hand sanitizer in stock.
Scaled-back Thanksgiving plans leave turkey farmers in limbo
Many turkey farmers are worried their biggest birds won't end up on Thanksgiving tables. Fewer people at Thanksgiving tables means many families will buy smaller turkeys, or none at all. That leaves anxious turkey farmers and grocers scrambling to predict what people will want on their holiday tables. It’s a gamble, because the birds gain a lot of fat and flavor in their final few weeks, but she figures customers will want smaller birds. Butterball — which typically sells 30% of America’s 40 million Thanksgiving turkeys — said it’s expecting more gatherings, but it’s not convinced people will want smaller turkeys.
Kroger sued after allegedly firing Arkansas workers who refused to wear rainbow symbol
Grocery giant Kroger is being sued in federal court after two former employees claim they were wrongfully fired for refusing to wear an apron with a rainbow symbol, according to NBC News. The women were allegedly disciplined and eventually fired for not wearing the new aprons issued last April that had an embroidered rainbow heart on the top left part of the bib. Before refusing the aprons, the lawsuit says the workers requested a religious accommodation to the uniforms but were denied, according to the lawsuit. The rainbow flag is used as a symbol to express LGBTQ pride. NBC News reports that Kroger declined to confirm whether the symbol was intended for pride purposes and said it can’t comment on pending litigation.
You can check puppy off your shopping list as Kroger hosts pet adoption event
ROANOKE, Va. – With fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to adopt a new cuddle buddy. On Saturday, Kroger is teaming up with local shelters for pet adoption events in Roanoke and Vinton. Rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the “For Your Pets” event will allow you to find a new furry friend and get some weekend groceries done at any of the three participating stores. Here are the Kroger stores participating and the shelters that will be there:915 Hardy Road, Vinton, VA 24179 – Bedford Humane Society4488 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018 – Salem Animal Shelter3970 Valley Gateway Boulevard, Roanoke, VA 24012 – Roanoke Valley SPCAThe three local shelters will have informational tables in front of the stores and most will have adoptable pets on-site. Each event will have shelter representatives hand out Kroger coupon booklets which include discounts on dog and cat food items available in-store.
Kroger recalling 17 different cheese dips
ROANOKE, Va. Head to your fridge and make sure none of these dips are inside of it. Kroger is recalling the dips because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Later, Kroger determined that several in-store made cheese dips may have used red onions from the produce department as an ingredientBelow is the full list of dips, which are in plastic containers, that are part of the recall:Product UPC Murrays Chads Smoked Gouda Dip 207083-00000 Murrays Jalapeno Jarlsberg Dip 207181-00000 Murrays Bacon Chive Jarlsberg Dip 207182-00000 Murrays Southwestern Jarlsberg Dip 207185-00000 Jarlsberg Dip 207201-00000 Jarlsberg Cheese Spread 216407-20000 Pimento Cheese Dip 226481-60000 Deli Jarlsberg Jalapeno Dip 236293-70000 Deli Bacon Chive Jarlsberg Dip 236294-70000 Deli Southwestern Jarlsberg Dip 236295-70000 Deli Jarlsberg Dip 237462-40000 Jarlesberg Dip 247199-00000 Deli Jarlesburg Cheese Dip 286292-70000 Deli Applewood Cheddar Dip 28462-20000 Deli Buffalo Blue Cheese Spread 295095-50000 Deli Southwest Cheese Spread 295408-50000 Deli Ranch Cheese Spread 295409-50000All dips were sold between May 15 and Aug. 6. Out of an abundance of caution, these items have been removed from store shelves and Kroger issued this recall. Customers who have purchased the above dips should not eat them, but rather, should return them to a store for a full refund or replacement.
Kroger moves division office from Roanoke to Richmond
ROANOKE, Va. Kroger has announced that it is moving its mid-Atlantic regional office from Roanoke to Richmond by the end of 2020. According to a release sent out by the company, the move is meant to establish a division office in a location that is better equipped and positioned to serve and support all markets throughout the region. The company is also citing large increases in population, creating an increase in demand in both the Richmond and Hampton Roads regions as another reason for the move. As we prepare for this next chapter in our division, we want our associates and communities to know that were committed to a safe, seamless and positive transition, said Paula Ginnett, president of Kroger Mid-Atlantic. Stores, pharmacies and gas stations in the Roanoke area will not be affected by the transition.
Get a puppy while grocery shopping as Kroger hosts pet adoption event
ROANOKE, Va. – Watermelon, hamburgers, buns and a puppy. On Saturday, July 18, at some Kroger stores, you’ll be able to cross all four of those items off your list in one stop. At each event, shelter representatives will hand out coupon booklets and samples from program partners. Coupon items include various dog and cat food items available in-store. Additionally, the Kroger store on North Franklin Street in Christiansburg will host pet adoption event on Saturday, July 25, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Walmart latest retailer to require customers to wear masks
Last week, Starbucks announced that customers who visit its company-owned café locations in the U.S. will be required to wear face coverings. Costco Wholesale Club was one of the first major retailers to require face coverings for customers at all of its stores. “I think Walmart's decision will give cover to other retailers to require masks," said Michael J. Hicks, an economist at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Social media is full of videos capturing clashes between those who are asked to wear masks, and employees who are under orders to make sure people wear them. About half of U.S. states require masks in public places, according to the RILA.
Coronavirus creating nationwide coin shortage
ROANOKE, Va. – First there was a shortage of toilet paper, then meat and now coins. A nationwide shortage of coins is not something you may have been expecting when the coronavirus pandemic began. Snopes fact-checked the idea that the pandemic caused a coin shortage and found that indeed, the claim is well-founded. They pointed to a June 11 news release in which the U.S. Federal Reserve acknowledged the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic had significantly diminished the U.S. coin supply. Other businesses have put up signs offering to buy change from customers or asking customers to pay with exact change.
Lynchburg Daily Bread gets new refrigerator van to help deliver food
LYNCHBURG, Va. Lynchburg Daily Bread has a new set of wheels to deliver fresh food to clients. On Tuesday, organizers didnt waste time using the new refrigerated van to pick up donated meat from Kroger. This is the fourth van for Lynchburg Daily Bread, but the first refrigerated one. So, were hugely grateful for the gift today thats going to make our work possible, said executive director Tracey Dixon. Kroger, the greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, Genworth and the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club all donated to buy the van.
Kroger to resume normal hours starting Sunday
ROANOKE, Va. – After months of an altered schedule, Krogers across the state will be back to normal this weekend. Starting Sunday, June 14, stores will again open at 6 a.m. and close at either 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or 12 a.m., depending on when each store traditionally closed. Pharmacy hours will not change and fuel centers will open at 6 a.m. and close at either 10 or 11 p.m.Senior and high-risk shopping hours will remain for the time being, but will be extended from 6-8 a.m. on Tuesday through Thursday each week. For your store’s hours, visit Kroger.com. While resuming regular store hours, protective measures will still remain in place.