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Thousands join 'Save Kroger' effort

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Online petitions and a Facebook page are aimed at convincing Kroger not to close Galax store

Galax citizens have taken their comments and concerns to social media this week, following the news that the Kroger grocery store on East Stuart Drive will be closing in late March, due to decreased profitability.

The announcement last week has sparked pleas from the store's loyal shoppers, and other members of the community who are concerned about what effect the store's closure could have on other nearby businesses.

Two main links are being passed around Facebook this week. The Facebook page, "Save Kroger in Galax, Virginia" already has nearly 2,800 likes, and a petition on change.org simply titled "Kroger: Stay Open" has nearly 440 supporters.

It has been suggested through repeated calls to Kroger executives that enough interest shown could prompt the company to re-examine its decision to close the Galax store.

More coverage on this story will be available in our upcoming weekend edition.