Kroger closing Wards Corner store

October 18, 2018

We all would like to know the real reason Kroger is closing its Wards Corner Store.

From The Virginia Pilot

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NORFOLK

Kroger is shuttering its Wards Corner store on Little Creek Road in mid-December, the company announced Thursday, and it doesn’t plan to open the Farm Fresh store it purchased right across the road.

According to a news release from Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division, the store is closing because of declining sales and profitability.

“The store’s low financial returns made it impossible to continue to operate while still upholding our low-price commitment to our customers,” Jerry Clontz, president of the Mid-Atlantic Division, said in a statement.

The store, Norfolk’s only Kroger, opened in 2000 and has 102 employees. The company is working on placing them at “nearby stores in Hampton Roads,” according to the release.

Since the company’s purchase of the Farm Fresh space at 230 E. Little Creek Road, store employees have been concerned that the existing store, right across the road, would close down. Employees that were members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400 questioned whether they would be able to transfer employment, while retaining their earned benefits, promotions and wage rates.

This led to store employees marching through the existing store in May, demanding answers on the fate of their jobs.

But the union and grocery chain came to an agreement in a July memo, whereby if the existing store closed and a Kroger moved into the former Farm Fresh space, employees could transfer to the new store and bring their union benefits with them.

The agreement was valid within six months of the existing Kroger’s closing and the new store’s opening. At that time, Kroger had not announced plans for the vacant space.

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Flooding Community Conversation And Info Session

October 12, 2018

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Wards Corner Plan Community Presentation

September 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Workforce Development Center
201 E. Little Creek Road

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qII-ppRCn8hjFEjwRGp6rGucsEZmUQiQ/view?usp=sharing

Wards Corner Plan


Neighbors Building Neighborhood Conference Saturday, June 23rd

May 30, 2018

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Conference


Maury, Norview, and Granby among best high schools in the country!

May 15, 2018

Granby High School

From: Khalilah LeGrand
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2018 7:08 PM
Subject: News Release: Maury, Norview, and Granby among best high schools in the country! 

Media Contact: Khalilah LeGrand

Office of Communications and Media Relations

Office: 757.628.3459

Klegrand@nps.k12.va.us 

Maury, Norview, and Granby among best high schools in the country!

U.S. News & World Report released their annual list of best high schools in the country for 2018. Of those 103 Virginia schools, 23 are located in and around the Hampton Roads area. The schools are ranked with a national silver, gold or bronze medal based on student performance, graduation rates, test performance, and college readiness levels. This is the first year that graduation rates factored into the ranking system. Dr. Kipp Rogers, Chief Academic Officer, said, “we are pleased with the progress that NPS is making with respect to student achievement. This is a direct result of our district turnaround effort, #NPSRedesign, and an even truer testament to the exemplary and innovative work of our faculty and staff combined with the academic fortitude of our students.”

The district has benefited from stability in its leadership and a keen focus on leadership, literacy, and rigor, which has yielded significant gains in accreditation over the last two years. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Melinda Boone, was excited, but not surprised to find several of NPS’ high schools on the list, she stated, “The wheels of progress continue to turn, I am beaming with pride that our teachers, students and support staff can revel in this accomplishment. We look forward to all of our high schools being named the best in the country very soon!”

Of 28,813 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 20,548 schools met the established criteria to be ranked. Three Norfolk schools,  made this prestigious list in the Silver Award category out of 28,813 public schools. Maury High School ranked #24 in Virginia rankings and #1197 in the national rankings, Norview stands at #38 in Virginia and #2369 nationally and Granby High School is ranked #41 in and #2418 in Virginia and national rankings respectively.

To view the list of schools click here https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.  For more information on the U.S. News & World Report ranking system visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/rankings-faq.


Norfolk targets two neighborhoods for a multi-million dollar housing aid program

March 2, 2018

 

 

Great news for the Greater Wards Corner Area!! According to the Virginian-Pilot

The city plans to spend up to $8.7 million over five years to help strengthen two neighborhoods.

The Ingleside and the Monticello Village/Oakdale Farms areas will be the target of a pilot program where the city will give them special attention in hopes of improving housing conditions, bringing up property values and increasing homeownership.

The money would go toward programs including down payment assistance, improving rental housing and selling off unused city property to improve the availability of owner-occupied housing.

The funding would impact an estimated 22 houses, mostly through the city’s Renovate Norfolk program, which gives grants to homeowners for improvements such as facade work and structural repairs.

The program would focus first on bolstering blocks where property values are already strong and expand from there.

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Help develop a vision for the future of Wards Corner

December 14, 2017

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Norfolk is developing a new vision for the Wards Corner commercial area and wants to include your thoughts and ideas.  Please attend the Community Meeting on January 17, 2018 at 6pm at the Workforce Development Center.  More info can be found on the website: https://www.norfolk.gov/wardscornerstudy


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