The Mitchell Jay C store will permanently close on March 31st at 6 p.m. but reopen as a remodeled Ruler store this fall. 

According to Tim McGurk, Regional Director of Corporate Affairs at Kroger, the store has lost more than $1 million during the last 5 years.

“Financial projections show that the store would suffer even greater losses in future years if left open,” said McGurk.

“Despite this news, our company remains committed to the Mitchell community,” said McGurk.

“We are excited to also announce that after the closing, our Ruler team will immediately begin a $600,000 remodel that will transform the current Jay C facility into a new and modern Ruler grocery store. When the remodel is complete, Ruler will move from their current location across the street into the updated facility.”

The newly remodeled facility is expected to be complete by the fall of 2018.

The 70 employees of the Mitchell Jay C will be offered similar employment opportunities at other area Jay C or Ruler stores. There will be full-time opportunites made available at Kroger locations in southern Indiana and Louisville, specifically New Albany and Jeffersonville.

“Jay C opened this store in 1999 and the company appreciates the 18 years that we were able to serve the Mitchell community from this location. Fortunately our customers will be able to choose to shop at the new, modern Ruler store when it opens soon or at one of nearby Jay C stores in Bedford or W[est]. Baden.”

There are also locations in Corydon, English, Shoals, Brownstown, Seymour, Salem, Scottsburg, Sellersburg and Floyds Knobs.