Kroger shoppers who enjoyed the convenience of picking up groceries and hot meals in one place may be disappointed to learn that Kitchen United has closed all seven of its food halls inside Kroger stores. Kitchen United, a company that operates ghost kitchens, confirmed the closures as it plans to focus on its software business. Kroger also confirmed the closures but did not provide additional reasons. The sudden shutdown is surprising considering that Kitchen United raised $100 million from investors, including Kroger, last year.
The closed locations were spread across Texas, Ohio, and Indiana. Kroger, however, does not currently house any other types of ghost kitchens or food courts. Customers in these areas will now need to find alternative options for their takeout meals. The closure of Kitchen United's food halls inside Kroger stores comes as a disappointment to loyal shoppers who appreciated the combination of grocery shopping and ready-to-eat meals in one convenient location. Kitchen United, known for its operation of ghost kitchens, has made the decision to shut down these seven food halls and shift its focus towards its software business. While both Kitchen United and Kroger have confirmed the closures, no specific reasons have been provided by Kroger for this abrupt move.
This unforeseen shutdown is particularly surprising given that just last year, Kitchen United successfully raised a significant amount of money, including investment from Kroger, totaling $100 million. With locations in Texas, Ohio, and Indiana impacted by the closures, Kroger customers in these areas will now have to seek alternative options for their takeout meals. Furthermore, it's worth noting that Kroger does not currently house any other ghost kitchens or food courts, leaving shoppers with limited choices for a convenient combination of groceries and ready-made meals. As a result, these affected customers may need to adapt their shopping habits or explore other local options to satisfy their needs for both groceries and grab-and-go meals.