A STORE closure sparks a new experiment for shoppers to make their trips easier – here is the new policy that is aiming to bring customers to the stores.
After the local Kroger closed its doors, officials in Decatur, Georgia organized an experiment that provided free shuttle service to take shippers to a new Publix store.
The experiment, which will run for three months until April 18, provides free electric shuttles that stop at several downtown pick-up locations.
The service hopes to give easy transportation options for seniors as they are less likely to own vehicles, however, it is open to the public.
Publix and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority are both sponsoring the problem which uses two vehicles that can seat three to four people.
The shuttles run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 10am to 3pm.
Users can also request on-demand rides online.
The shuttles are operated by Let’s Ride Atlanta.
Back in December, Kroger closed its “Baby Kroger” store because of declining sales and negative profit, according to the company.
At less than 15,000 square feet, the store had been the smallest under the Kroger name in the Atlanta market.
The store had been in operation by Kroger for 21 years.
Kroger also shut down its “Disco Kroger” store in Atlanta after being in operation for 47 years.
The outlet had a disco ball inside and a disco mural on the side of the building.
The building is reportedly scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as a new Publix store.