Kroger Co. will acquire all seven of the Hiller’s Markets stores in the Detroit metropolitan area, in an agreement announced by Kroger’s Michigan division Friday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The Hiller’s stores, known for their specialty and ethnic foods, are located in West Bloomfield, Ann Arbor, Northville, Plymouth, South Lyon and two stores in Commerce Township. They will be rebranded as Kroger stores, except for the unit at 3010 Union Lake Road, Commerce Township, which will be closed because a Kroger store and fuel center recently opened across the street.
Kroger said Hiller’s associates can apply for positions within the organization. Store conversion details, including hiring events, will be announced closer to transaction completion, which is expected in July. Kroger’s Michigan division, headquartered in Novi, currently operates 123 stores and 64 fuel centers.
“We are excited to welcome Hiller’s customers into our stores and introduce them to our great people,” said Jayne Homco, president of Kroger’s Michigan division. “Hiller’s has a decades-long reputation of great customer service and outstanding selection of local and ethnic foods, and we look forward to continuing those traditions as we expand in this market.”
Jim Hiller, president and CEO of Hiller’s Markets, said, “After 75 years of providing the finest quality groceries and services to southeast Michigan I am pleased that Hiller’s legacy of excellence will be continued by the Kroger Company. I encourage Hiller’s customers to continue shopping at Kroger following the transition and to continue supporting their favorite associates.”
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