Unfortunately, some of the Kroger nicknames are a bit less illustrious. Names like "Funky Kroger" and "Murder Kroger" do not exactly paint a pretty picture but also do not seem to hurt their business. The Kroger I am covering here is one of the "Ghetto Kroger" locations. Honestly, the name is deserved because of the shoddy condition of the store from the outside. In fact, a friend of mine there actually thought the store was out of business until he looked in and saw the lights on inside followed by the sight of skinny teenagers in red shirts retrieving carts from the parking lot. However, when I say the store was "shoddy" that does not mean I did not like it. It did, however, look like the outside canopy was on the verge of collapse.
The "Bank of America" sign basically gives away that this is far from a closed location. The "Delicatessen/Bakery" and "Prescriptions" diamonds look like something from a vintage photo. If I had made these black and white, nobody would have known I took them in 2010.
I have to like this store, because it is straight up early 1970's. What's not to like? It had the diagonal-cut cedar siding, shingled mansard roof, ancient store offering signs and of course, the Kroger sign in block letters that I have not seen since the early 1990's. It was actually a very unique and low-key design for its time, and it perfectly complimented South DeKalb Mall, which was built in the same era. The store, of course, was also doing a decent business since areas like that tend to be under-retailed at best. I guess you can say I was impressed to see a vintage stylish Kroger still operational, but at the same time it probably is not fair to the local population not to have a larger, nicer store. Eventually the company is bound to cave and give them a nicer store, but at the same time I hate to see it go. I bet I am not the only one amazed, however, at this relic still being in operation.