For many years, local Kroger stores have rented rack space in their lobbies for such publications, providing an indispensable access point for readers. No matter where you are in Middle Tennessee, you’re never far from a Kroger. If you don’t go to bars, Kroger is one of the easiest places to find Out & About Nashville, unless you’re a McKay’s Bookstore junky like I am. Recently, however, Kroger announced that they will no longer distribute free publications in their entryways, dealing a blow to local publishing. During a time when free local magazines and newspapers are struggling to continue to provide the services they offer, the loss of a huge distribution network is especially difficult.

As the Memphis Flier reported, “Kroger is severing its relationship with DistribuTech, the company that has long had the contract to distribute the aforementioned free publications in Kroger stores. The current deal ends October 15, 2019. At this point, it is unclear whether any other arrangements can be made by any of the local publications with Kroger, either with individual stores or region-wide. DistribuTech says the edict from Kroger to pull all free publications from its stores is coming from its national headquarters in Cincinnati.” This impacts not just O&AN, but publications both large (like The Scene) and small (publications for groups as diverse as senior citizens, African Americans, Hispanics, the LGBTQ+ community, and parents, and children.

So, beginning October 15, those of you who found your copy of O&AN at your local Kroger will have to look elsewhere. We are currently in the process of recruiting local businesses as distribution points, and have already expanded our distribution by 20 locations (see the list below for new locations). Local businesses who wish to carry O&AN should contact editor@outvoices.us. We appreciate your support as we move forward through this new challenge!

 

ShiMai Gallery of Contemporary Craft

8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221

 

Frothy Monkey - 12 South

2509 12th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37201

 

The Groove Records

1103 Calvin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Grimey’s New and Preloved Music

1060 East Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN 37216

 

Revelator Coffee

1817 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212

 

Bongo Java

2007 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212

 

Fido

1812 21st Ave South, Nashville, TN 37212

 

Bongo East

107 S. 11th St., Nashville, TN 37206

 

Bongo Bakery

2229 10th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37204

 

English & Co.

118 Powell Place, Nashville, TN 37204

 

Dose Coffee - West

3431 Murphy Road, Nashville, TN 37203

 

Dose Coffee - Riverside

1400 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216

 

Center 615

615 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Music City PrEP Clinic

901 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206

 

Ten Thousand Villages

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 34, Nashville, TN 37042

 

Hotel Indigo

301 Union Street North, Nashville, TN 37201

 

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, Nashville, TN 37042

 

Hillside Crossing Hotel

717 Spence Lane, Nashville, TN 37217

*OPENING NOVEMBER!

 

 

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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