The corporate office of a local grocery store that has been shut out, is speaking out. Kroger Company has sent a statement to Regional Radio News concerning the Taylorville Kroger that had been shut down recently due to asbestos. Eric Halvorson, Manager of Corporate Affairs with Kroger released the following statement.
“The company is diligently working with the EPA and expert remediation partners to analyze and address the issue. With safety as one of our core values, we will reopen as soon as the EPA rescinds the order and we are able to do so safely. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and community and plan to reopen as quickly as possible."
Halvorson continued by stressing that all 90 associates in Taylorville were offered several options moving forward including working in Decatur. He says some have chosen to leave and some are taking a vacation. Halvorson continued by thanking the many associates of Kroger and the patience of their customers.
The Illinois Attorney General's Office has also reached out to give their statement.
"The attorney general is committed to protecting the health and safety of residents, as well as the environment. Our office has received a referral from the IEPA and will work closely with the agency to ensure that alleged violations of the state’s environmental protection law are addressed."
Regional Radio News has reached out but has not been able to get in contact with the IEPA.