Kings Soopers Parent Kroger Gun Policy
The murder of 10 people on Monday at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., Marks another shootout at a supermarket owned by Kroger.
King Soopers is a Denver-based subsidiary of supermarket giant Kroger. It operates more than 150 stores in Colorado and Wyoming. Kroger is based in Cincinnati. Other grocery stores have also seen horrific attacks, including the 2019 Walmart Massacre in El Paso that left 23 people dead.
How Kroger reacted to the Boulder store shooting
Kroger’s statement Monday night:
“We are horrified and deeply saddened by the senseless violence that has taken place at our King Soopers store located on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, CO.
“The entire Kroger family offers their thoughts, prayers and support to our associates, clients and first responders who have so courageously responded to this tragic situation.
“We will continue to cooperate with local law enforcement and our store will remain closed during the police investigation.
“To protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are referring the questions to the Boulder Police Department.”
Kroger’s gun policy
Following mass shootings elsewhere, Kroger changed its gun policies and sales practices.
In 2019, Kroger asked buyers to leave their guns at home. The policy change came a day after its grocery rival Walmart made a similar change. The previous policy was to rely on state or local firearms regulations.
“This is something we’ve been talking about for some time – it’s something our customers have told us they would feel safer if we did,” Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen told The Enquirer after the change. “We are really just listening to our customers.”
The policy change came months after a 2018 shooting in suburban Louisville when Gregory Alan Bush, then 51, entered a Kroger targeting black victims, killing two. He then pleaded guilty but suffering from mental disorder and was sentenced to life without parole.
In 2018, Kroger announced that it would stop selling firearms and ammunition at the stores of its Portland, Oregon-based subsidiary Fred Meyer (which operates 132 stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington). At the time, the company mentioned declining customer demand for the move.
According to a 2014 Federal Bureau of Investigation study, nearly half of mass shootings (45.6%) take place in business settings.
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