Preserve Royal Oak is a movement, says its website, that has the goal of keeping Kroger out of Royal Oak. It began with a few people in the community, the site explains, that started asking questions after hearing about plans from Kroger to put a store downtown. Preserve Royal Oak was created to unite people who felt the same way, and has been in the news since it was put together.
The group puts together some pretty good points: Royal Oak already has two full-service, locally owned grocery stores, that would likely lose business if Kroger were to move in; a new store would create additional truck traffic, noise and pollution; and other concerns. But, you can’t blame Kroger for wanting to move into the city, either, as it’s a bustling population who would probably be good for sales. Plus, the superstore offers things the typical neighborhood grocery store doesn’t, such as cooking tools and greeting cards. On the other hand, you can’t beat the cheese selection at Holiday Market. (Reny picot — drooooool.)
However, you can’t argue that Royal Oak isn’t a vibrant, funky place to live — already. So what do you think? Kroger in Royal Oak — good for the city, or detrimental to its flavor?
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