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Collierville Kroger to reopen after mass shooting

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee (WREG) – Kroger announced Friday that they will reopen their Collierville store next week, six weeks after a mass shooting that killed one person and injured more than a dozen.

The renovated store on Byhalia Road near Poplar Avenue will open Wednesday, November 10 at 9 a.m.

“It looks and feels different so the community can come together. We want to welcome them back and make sure they feel at home again, ”said Teresa Dickerson.

Dickerson, who is the corporate affairs director for the Kroger Delta division, held a press conference Friday with Mayor Stan Joyner outside the new Collierville Kroger Associate Resource Center on Poplar.

The store has remained closed since the incident on September 23, when a woman was killed and several people were injured.

Police say the shooter Uk Thang, who operated the sushi counter, was told to leave the store that morning after arguing with another employee. He then stopped in front of the Kroger, armed himself with three rifles, entered the store and began shooting customers and employees, and killing himself.

“Moving forward, we won’t talk about the shooting. We will not talk about that day. We’re only talking about openness and how we rebuild to heal, ”Dickerson said.

Dickerson said the store’s hours of operation will remain the same as before and that they will now have on-site security.


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