LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – For the second night in a row, West Louisville Kroger will close early.
Kroger near the intersection of South 26th Street and West Broadway will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday, “to give our staff time to properly close the store and exit the parking lot before the LMPD barriers are placed at the entrances,” said in a statement from the food chain.
This is the second night in a row that the store closes early.
The store was closed on Friday night and its parking lot barricaded. Concrete barriers could also be seen blocking the entrances to nearby Dino̵
The Louisville Police Department said in a statement Friday night that it was putting up barriers in parking lots to “ensure the safety and security of citizens and businesses in the area,” according to Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for the police department. Smiley added that the barriers were set “solely to control traffic” and “will not hinder pedestrians in this area.”
Asked to clarify what led to the closure and blockade of the parking lot, Smiley said the 26th to 28th Street and Broadway area “has been significantly affected” over the years over the weekend in Derby.
“Sometimes this prevented employees from leaving so that companies could close earlier. This year, some companies in the area have returned to this practice,” she said. “Traffic problems also make it extremely difficult to respond to emergencies. We are committed to a delicate balancing act to keep our community safe so that all our citizens and visitors have the opportunity to participate in the Derby celebrations.”
Smiley said the LMPD would be present in the area, “to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers”.
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