Just last month, Kroger Co. announced they would no longer sell firearms or ammunition to anyone under 21-years-old at any of their subsidiary Fred Meyer locations. Most recently, Fred Meyer announced they will now begin to “responsibly phase out” selling guns and ammo altogether.
According to KREM, a spokesperson for Fred Meyer said the following in a statement:
“Fred Meyer has made a business decision to exit the firearms category. The company is currently working on plans to responsibly phase out sales of firearms and ammunition. The company made the decision early last week after evaluating changing customer preferences and the fact that there have already been efforts to steadily reduce this category in Fred Meyer stores over the last several years due to softening consumer demand. More recently Fred Meyer has been transitioning away from gun departments as a result of the ongoing work to optimize space in Fred Meyer stores. The firearms category represents about $7 million annually of Fred Meyer’s revenue – and sales continue to decline.”
Not long after deciding to increase the legal age of purchasing guns and ammo in their Fred Meyer stores, Kroger announced they would be pulling news magazines that feature firearms in them off their shelves as well.
Fred Meyer reportedly has 130 stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.