It’s not a real-life grocery store chain that operates across the country.
But in Oklahoma City, the Kroger store has become the focal point for a debate about whether grocery stores should be allowed to open and operate in their own names, or whether a grocery store is a “grocary store.”
The debate began in September when Oklahoma City’s City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of Kroger’s name for food and beverage sales.
The City Council later reversed that decision after hearing a variety of legal arguments about the city’s legal rights to prohibit Kroger from opening and operating grocery stores.
The debate was sparked by an online petition to overturn the council’s decision, which gathered more than 1,200 signatures.
Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, has faced similar legal battles in other states.
The company filed a motion to intervene in the case in federal court in December.
In an emailed statement to EW, Kroger said it opposes the Oklahoma City City ban and said it’s confident that it will prevail.
“The Oklahoma City Council’s ban on the use and operation of Krogand’s name on its products does not strike the appropriate balance between preserving the local name and preserving the value of Krogers brand and its reputation,” Kroger wrote.
As Kroger grows, so too do our local stores, and the City Council of Oklahoma City recognizes that.”