July 14, 2015

Kroger’s Reassures Hiller Customers About Kosher Future

Detroit - A story in KosherToday that Kroger’s acquisition of the seven Hiller Market stores has raised community concerns about the future of kosher offerings in those stores has caused quite a stir in the community. While some continue to insist that kosher will not be as available in the Kroger acquired stores, Ken McClure of Kroger reaffirmed the company’s commitment to kosher in an e-mail to Rabbi Chaim Goldberg of the Orthodox Union. Mr. McClure notes: “The company has, in fact, increased not only the selection of kosher foods, but the number of stores carrying kosher both year round and during holidays. Additionally, the MI division is being given unprecedented latitude with the Hiller's stores, and will do everything we can to keep them as close to their current selection as possible. There have been a few vendors we have been unable to sign up yet, but it is a work in progress.”

Mr. McClure in a very personal reflection writes: “I worked for Mr. Hiller for 20 years, my final 8 years as his Chief Operating Officer, and I assure you that honoring and carrying on Mr. Sid Hiller's legacy is very important to me both personally and professionally. My only humble request at this time, is that people give us a chance, and if we are not perfect immediately give us the chance to make it right. One opportunity may be ground fish, as several independent markets have already offered to carry on that tradition (although they did not have it prior) while our food safety people are uncertain if we will be allowed to carry on that practice. I have stressed the importance of the practice, but am uncertain if it will continue.”