Courtesy Google
Courtesy Google

The Kroger at 725 Ponce de Leon Ave. — known as Murder Kroger for its unfortunate crime connections  — is closing Oct. 28 to make way for an  office tower and a new building for the supermarket. A candlelight vigil, or “CandleLIT Vigil” as it’s being billed on Facebook, will be held in the parking lot form 7 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 27.

As of this morning, nearly 1,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend the event. The organizers –  Rowyn Hirsch, Hailey Mychal Stambek and Rachel Bowen – have turned the vigil into an opportunity to give back to the community and are encouraging those attending the event to bring a donation of food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The store will be demolished to make way for the 725 Ponce development, a 12-story office building, which will feature a new 60,000-square-foot Kroger on the ground floor. The new Kroger is expected to open in early 2019.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.