Mayor Welch Statement on Ruler Store Closing
At 9:00am today in a discussion with Kroger Corporate, Mayor Damon Welch was informed of
the company’s intention to close the Ruler Foods store in downtown Madison effective March 31st . The
Kroger representative told Mayor Welch that store employees would be informed at 11:00am of the
impending closure and all 14 employees would be offered positions in other Kroger and Jay-C stores in
Mayor Welch said, “My concern in this situation is twofold; first for the employees that find
their livelihood in that store and second for the downtown area which deserves a quality grocery store.
We have been concerned about the viability of that store since it was switched from Jay-C to Ruler, and
we have attempted to work with the Kroger Company and the local owner of the property to make
enhancements there. In fact, we had already made plans to work with the owner on numerous
improvements to the exterior of the property this summer.
We are undoubtedly disappointed in today’s news, but we are appreciative of Kroger’s
continued presence on the hilltop. A downtown grocery store is vital to thousands of downtown
residents, employers, and thousands of visitors each year. I am committed to working with the property
owner, Chamber, Economic Development, and Main Street program moving forward to ensure that the
property will again be a vibrant spot in our downtown area.”