The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is celebrating a grand reopening at its Danville store. Officials say the $3.5 million investment will lead to additional jobs.

December 4, 2014

News Release

DANVILLE, IN — Kroger Central Division leaders celebrated the grand reopening of the company's store in Danville, Indiana at a celebration at 8:30 Thursday morning.

The total economic investment in this store is $3.5 million. Kroger's project was led by Project Manager Dave Arnett. This investment strengthens Kroger's economic and workforce commitment to the local Danville community and will create additional jobs over time.

At a time when many companies, particularly retail companies, have slowed or stopped their investments in facilities and job creation in Indiana, Kroger Central Division has accelerated their pace of investment. In 2014 alone, Kroger will invest more than $75 million in new stores and major remodels in Indiana.

Kroger Quote:

According to President of Kroger Central Division Jeff Burt, “The grocery, pharmacy and fuel markets are very competitive in Indiana, but also very important for The Kroger Co. Our solid success in the marketplace allows us to make significant economic and work force investments in our Indiana stores. Our $3.5 million investment in Danville is a strong vote of confidence and allows us to continue providing quality products, competitive prices and outstanding customer service, while being a supportive community partner. This remodeled store focuses on giving our customers exactly what they want to see in their store. We are very proud of store manager Allen Pittman and his team. Allen, who has 11 years of experience in the grocery business, did an exceptional job in keeping his store team focused on serving our customers during construction. All of us are very proud of his dedicated community service and leadership. I also am very honored to recognize the longest-serving associate in this Danville store, Ron Lane, who has worked for Kroger since 1969 (45 years). All of us are very proud of his dedicated service and leadership in mentoring newer associates.”

This store remodel offers Kroger customers:

–Gross retail space of 56,000 square feet

–New pharmacy drive through

–New customer and employee restrooms with Customer 1st initiatives

–Renovated deli and bakery cases will include new sushi case, hot foods, service cases, upright deli island and new self-service bakery line up

–Renovated produce prep area

–Natural foods relocated to include new refrigerated and frozen cases

–New floral area upgrades will include a new workstation, cooler, upright cases and display fixtures

–Meat upgrades will include new meat, seafood and lunchmeat island and new prep equipment

–Stock handling equipment to include bascarts, convenience bascarts and covered bascart corrals

The store?¦s management team includes:

–Co-manager: Gina Borden

–Co-manager: Steve Lesko

–Meat/Seafood: Beth Monson

–Grocery: Jeff Hensley

–Frozen: Danny Duncan

–Food Service Manager: Kelly Blackford

–Dairy: Josh Brooksby

–Produce: Brad Vivace

–Floral: Pamela Hogeland

–Front End: Adam Birge

–Drug & General Merchandise: Jordon Rader

–Pharmacy: Michael Yeary

–Fuel: Rob Dunn

–Community Ambassador: Adam Birge

–Administrative Manager: Christina Reagin

–Cultural Council- Janette Rady

During the grand reopening event, Kroger made the following donations: $1,000 to Sheltering Wings and $1,000 to the Hendricks County Humane Society.

The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 131 years. The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 85 fuel centers operating under four banners; Kroger, Scott's, Owen's and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to three stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $14 million in 2013 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. The Kroger Co. was recently named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.

Source: Kroger

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