Belleville, IL

Kroger-Owned Ruler Foods Closes in Illinois, Without Warning, Due to Safety Issues

Joel Eisenberg
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I write extensively about the current state of U.S. grocery chains. In recent months, most of my articles on the topic have detailed recent chain store closures.

Now comes word that a Kroger-owned Illinois-based Ruler Foods location has closed, without warning, due to safety issues. Further, its customers have taken to social media to express both anger and concern that the closure will be permanent.

Let us explore.

Ruler Foods, 2023

According to a September 27th report from, the closure poses a severe public safety hazard.

As excerpted from the report: The Ruler Foods grocery store in Belleville, Illinois, has shuttered due to mine subsidence. Mine subsidence occurs when the roof of an abandoned mine crumbles and collapses, causing the ground above to sink or move.

Per the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, cracks in the ground are visible in the parking lot of the store and on two nearby streets. The subsidence is 300-feet-wide, as also confirmed by the city's fire chief.

Curiously, the store took to Facebook and blamed the closure on "a water main break." In response, a Facebook respondee stated: "Water main? Your building is caving into the ground!"


This is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, inclusive of potential reopening progress and official announcements of milestone dates, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

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