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GREENSBURG, Kan. -- Two Kroger Co. brands -- Dillons and Kwik Shop -- will reopen a grocery and convenience store here, in an effort to provide more food choices to residents as they rebuild the town, which was ravaged by a tornado in May.
"The community of Greensburg will rebuild, and we will be there with them during the rebuilding efforts and beyond. We look forward to serving our customers in Greensburg and Kiowa County again so they can continue to do their daily shopping in their hometown," John Bays, president of Dillons Food Stores, said in a written statement.
Kwik Shop has already reopened its convenience store in the town and will convert the store into a combination Dillons grocery store and Kwik Shop by the end of September. Once the initial conversion is complete, Dillons will expand the store to offer additional products and services. The expansion project is expected to begin before the end of the year, the company stated.
The new store will sell items traditionally found in a Dillons grocery store and will retain many of the conveniences Kwik Shop currently offers, including a fuel service center.
In addition, the two brands partnered with local television station, KSNW-TV, to raise more than $500,000 for families affected by the tragedy, and have worked with the Salvation Army and Red Cross to help begin the rebuilding process.
"Our commitment and roots in Kansas run deep, and we believe in Greensburg," David B. Dillon, Kroger chairman and chief executive officer, said in a written statement. "Our teams at Dillons and Kwik Shop continue to work hard to find the best solutions for the Greensburg community, including our customers and associates."