PORTLAND, Ore. – Superstore company Fred Meyer will stop the sale of weapons and ammunition.
The Portland, Oregon, on the basis of chain in a statement Friday said that the decision was taken after an evaluation of the preferences of the customer. The company has more than 130 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.
“Fred Meyer has a business decision to exit the firearms category,” the company said. “We are currently working on plans to responsibly phase out the sale of firearms and ammunition.”
The company, a subsidiary of Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger Co., not giving a timeline.
Fred Meyer stores sell a range of goods that include groceries, clothes, electronics, outdoor equipment, furniture, and jewelry. Stores also pharmacies.
The company said that the firearms of category represents approximately $7 million per year of its turnover and the turnover has decreased.
“We decided early last week after the evaluation of the change of the preferences of the customer, and the fact that we are steadily reducing this category in our Fred Meyer stores in the past few years by to soften the demand of the consumer,” the company said. “More recently we have switched away from the gun departments as a result of our ongoing work to optimize the space in our Fred Meyer stores.”
After last month’s high school shooting in a Park in Florida, which is still 17 people dead, Fred Meyer said it would stop the sale of firearms to persons under the age of 21. The company had already stopped the sale of assault-style guns from a few years ago, except in Alaska.
Fred Meyer has no mention of the school shooting in his statement Friday.
Other shops announced in the wake of that shooting that they would stop the sale of weapons to anyone under 21, including Walmart Inc. and l.l. Bean. Dick’s Sporting Goods recently banned the sale of guns.
Several outdoor chains such as Bass Pro Shops, Ground, Gander Outdoors and Academy Sports, to continue to sell assault-style rifles.