“I’ve been asked hundreds of times how I got in this business,” said Rodney Evans, the founder of Georgia Cart Recovery. Evans, who describes himself as a proactive person — “I’m always policing myself, thinking of ideas,” — said he spotted some Kroger carts on the side of a road in 2011.
Curious how Kroger recovered their stray carts, Evans made some calls, eventually reaching Kroger Regional Manager Scott Baker, now retired.
“I explained the scenario, I wasn’t looking for a job, I just wanted to understand the process,” said Evans, who was in the construction business at the time. According to Evans, Baker’s response was, “I was thinking the same thing, but I haven’t been able to find an entity for help.”
“As soon as he (Baker) said that I thought I’m just gonna see where this goes. I said to him you just found it when do I start,” Evans said.
Baker invited Evans to meet with him the next week and the rest is history. Evans who runs the cart service with help from his brother Dennis said he has seen positive changes in the areas around the stores they cover.
“At the beginning you had 10-15 carts, brought from multiple types of stores, cluttering up the neighborhoods, since the new cart service neighborhoods look much better,” Evans said. He added that the service fits in with the Kroger Corporation’s focus of continually looking for better ways to serve the community and it’s customers.
With permission from local county officials, the brothers have also built and installed benches for bus stops that lack seating – where shopping carts sometimes end up on their sides as makeshift chairs.
“It’s us all working together that really improves the quality of life,” Evans said.