Kroger: ‘wetting up’ Oak Cliff could spur supermarket development

A contingent from Progress Dallas, the group working toward making alcohol sales legal everywhere in Dallas, came to our offices last week to talk to us about the wet/dry petition.

I asked what I think is the most important question: If Oak Cliff goes wet, do you think grocery stores would be more likely to build in Oak Cliff?

Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston said stores in cities that have gone wet, like in Irving, have seen dramatic increases in sales. They think it’s because when people can buy a bottle of wine, they’ll also buy more groceries for some reason.

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And that could create an incentive for grocers to develop in Oak Cliff.

“We have a store in Oak Cliff, in the Wynnewood shopping center,” Huddleston says. “And we could improve the Oak Cliff store if sales increase.”

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    Were you expecting a different response from them?