ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Fred Meyer, a Kroger owned store announced Friday it will be eliminating guns and ammunition from inventory in all of its stores across the northwest.
Jeffrey Temple, a Fred Meyer Spokesperson declined an on-camera interview and instead referred KTUU to a news release that stated the decision was based on changing customer preferences. "There have already been efforts to steadily reduce this category in Fred Meyer stores over the last several years due to softening consumer demand," the statement said.
Mountain View Sports Fly Shop is an Alaskan based retailer specializing in outdoor gear. Owner, John Staser said he was surprised by the Fred Meyer decision and doesn't think it's necessarily the right one for Alaskans.
"A lot of people do not realize that Kroger is the second largest retailer in the world second to Walmart and right now the two largest retailers in the world [are] restricting gun rights for Americans," said Staser, "...you've got some pretty powerful retailers now dictating to the American people what they can and cannot buy."
Many customers did not want to speak on camera but told KTUU off camera that it doesn't really matter if they get guns and groceries at the same time, there are plenty of retail stores to shop in.