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Hebron Remke to Close at Month's End

Hebron’s Remke Markets store is going out of business on March 29.

It will become the fourth Remke store to close since the formerly family-owned grocery chain was sold in February 2017 to Fresh Encounter Inc. of Findlay, Oh.

“It is closing due to the operations of that particular store,” said Julie Anderson, director of marketing for Fresh Encounter. “It just didn’t reach the sales potential that we anticipated for that store” and was not profitable.

The store is located at 1952 North Bend Road in Boone County.

Plans are underway to transfer Hebron Remke employees to other stores, Anderson said. “We are still identifying where those opportunities are, but we do plan to transition as many of those employees as possible.”

These Remke stores continue to operate:

  • Kentucky: Turfway Road in Florence and Buttermilk Pike in Crescent Springs as well as locations in Independence and Taylor Mill.
  • Ohio: Hyde Park and Harrison.

Remke locations in Fort Mitchell, Delhi, and Skytop Pavilion on Beechmont Avenue closed during 2018.

Anderson said no other closings are anticipated at this time.

“I think we’ve gotten our stores to the level that is sustainable,” she said.

Meanwhile, Remke Markets will continue “plugging away” in a highly competitive retail food market, she said, by offering great customer service and Mobile Markets online ordering.

Starting Thursday, March 7, the Hebron store will begin selling merchandise – excluding liquor and tobacco – for 30 percent off.

Plans for the North Bend Road site are not known. Remke has leased this site since opening around 2005.

The former site of Remke Market in Fort Mitchell is getting a full face lift as it is redeveloped to house new businesses.

A joint venture between owner Bill Remke and Anchor 360, a development firm, will result in the subdivision of the former store into multiple spaces for a variety of businesses.

The new site will accommodate retail, service, and dining offerings, he said.

The Remke family started the grocery chain in 1897 as a meat market in Covington.

Written by Nancy Daly, RCN contributor