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The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is “calling for a boycott of Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.’s stores” as a way of protesting the company’s “closure in February of two Memphis stores in predominantly black neighborhoods and another store not far away in Mississippi. He’s calling for people to boycott Kroger because of the closures.”

Saying that the closures create food deserts, Jackson said, “If Kroger gonna leave us, we’re gonna leave Kroger. It’s boycott time.”

Kroger has not commented on the boycott threat, but has said that the closures were done because the stores no longer were performing.

The boycott comes as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech and assassination in Memphis.
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