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This week the Springfield Central Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend rezoning about 28 acres on 72 South Springfield Jamestown Rd for a new Kroger Marketplace, Clark County’s first.

But the plans have some residents, like Alley Laroque, concerned.

Kroger Marketplace
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This week an open community forum was held to discuss plans to build a new Kroger Marketplace along Highway 72 in south Springfield.

Plans call for a store roughly four times the size of the current south Springfield Kroger. It would create about 350 new jobs.

Residents have mixed feelings about the plan, that would include closing the existing Kroger on South Limestone.

Jack Legg, who lives in South Springfield, says he’s happy that the new store would create jobs.

Kroger in Huber Heights. Experts say if customers show they are willing to drive a few miles to a suburban location, it takes away the incentive for chains to build in limited downtown space. grocery store food
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Ohio-based Kroger Co. has announced they will sell the overdose antidote naloxone, beginning Monday, February 15th. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman attended a news conference to announce the move on Friday.

CVS announced earlier this month it would make naloxone available without a prescription at all of its pharmacies in Ohio beginning next month.

Naloxone is routinely carried by fire-rescue crews, which use it thousands of times a year in Ohio to revive overdose victims.

Veterans and military personnel looking for work can visit more than a hundred Kroger grocery stores in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Springfield today.  Kroger will take job applications and conduct on-site interviews from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The grocery giant has about 1,100 positions open, and would like to fill as many of them them with vets, current service members and their families. Patty Leesemann, the public affairs manager in Cincinnati, says the employment outreach is part of Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes (HOH) program.

The logo for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
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Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked down to just 5.3 percent in October, which is as low as it’s been for years, and the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area (Dayton MSA, including Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties) saw an even lower rate of 4.7 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

A chicken farm. Chickens advertised as "cage free" may still be kept in cramped warehouses.
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 A California-based lawsuit against Kroger could become a class action including shoppers in Ohio. The dispute is over truth in packaging for Kroger’s line of chicken products known as Simple Truth chicken. Simple Truth is on Kroger shelves in green-themed packaging that says the chicken is cage-free and raised in a humane environment.

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WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) - Union workers at 12 Kroger Co. grocery stores in West Virginia and eastern Ohio have rejected a three-year contract offer.

Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 also voted to authorize a strike if an agreement isn't reached by Aug. 28.

Union spokesman Richard Granger said Monday that 99 percent of those voting Sunday in Weirton rejected the contract offer, while 97 percent favored the possible strike.

Granger says the offer called for no wage increases and would have shifted health care costs to individual employees.