Following the mass shooting at a Florida high school, the Fred Meyer store chain, whose parent company is Kroger, joined Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods in bumping up the minimum age to buy weapons to 21.
Now, Fred Meyer has announced they are completely phasing out sales of firearms and ammunition, to “optimize space” in their stores, as reported by KATU News on Friday. But they’re not stopping with firearms and ammo – magazines about guns are being ripped off the store shelves as well.
“Fred Meyer has made a business decision to exit the firearms category. We are currently working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition. We made the decision early last week after evaluating changing customer preferences and the fact that we’ve been steadily reducing this category in our Fred Meyer stores over the last several years due to softening consumer demand. More recently we have been transitioning away from gun departments as a result of our ongoing work to optimize space in our Fred Meyer stores. The firearms category represents about $7 million annually of Fred Meyer’s revenue – and sales continue to decline.”
In addition to phasing out firearm and ammunition sales, Kroger and Fred Meyer stores are also in the process of pulling all their magazines off the shelves that “showcase assault-type weapons,” the company informed KATU News in an email on Friday.
“Our goal is to serve America through food inspiration and uplift. Part of that effort is redefining the grocery customer experience with an emphasis on Our Brands and through space optimization. Due to changing consumer demands and preferences, we will be evaluating what is offered in our stores today and refocusing to make sure that food is at the center of our vision,” the spokesperson wrote in an email.
Fred Meyer currently sells guns at 43 of its 133 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska, according to the Idaho Statesman.
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