Fans of the infamous “Murder Kroger” slated to be demolished this week are holding a candlelight vigil at the store Thursday evening.
After more than 700 people said they planned to attend on the Facebook page invitation, the vigil was expanded on Tuesday to include a food drive.
“Hey everyone!” a Facebook post says. “We totally did not expect this to get as big as it did, so why not also do something good for the community! During the vigil, we will also be hosting a food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank…Let’s make this into something even better by helping out our community.”
To see a list of items needed for the food drive, click here.
The vigil is planned for 8 p.m. on October 27.
The Kroger on Ponce de Leon opened in 1986 and was nicknamed “Murder Kroger” by shoppers due to a series of bizarre events at the store. A murder occurred in the parking lot in the 1990’s and a dead body was discovered there in 2002. Not long after the store was rebranded as Beltline Kroger, there was another murder in the store’s parking lot.
The store is being demolished to make way for a mixed-use development, including an urban-prototype Kroger and new loft office space. Called 725 Ponce, it will be similar to the Ponce City Market development.