"I just found out this morning," Dent said. "I don't know much else about it."
Dent said he hopes he can transfer to the Kroger location in Kanawha City. He's also looking for a full-time position there.
Donna Gilmore operates Big Daddy's restaurant in Belle. She comes to the Diamond location every week for about $200 worth of supplies.
"I don't know where I'll go next," Gilmore said. "Maybe Walmart." She said she shops at Kroger because of her Kroger card and the fuel perks she receives.
"I don't think it surprises people when we close smaller stores," York said. "We don't open [stores] to close them."
Kroger has 50 locations throughout the state.
"At this time, we don't have any plans to close any of our other stores in the area," York said, "but, again, we watch it closely."
He said the Charleston market is very important to the company, noting that the store at Ashton Place on Corridor G is being renovated, and the store in Kanawha City will be redone in the near future.
"Certainly our bigger stores allow us to do more of what we're really good at and offer the customers more," York said. "Having said that, we have a lot of small stores in our markets that are very good stores, and we'll continue to run those."
Despite the Diamond location closing, York said the community would still benefit from the company's community outreach with local food banks, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and so on.
"We still feel like they're our customers," York said. "We just need to see if we can get them to another Kroger."
Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.