A central Indiana Kroger store has reopened after a $4.4 million renovation. The work is part of a larger investment by the company in Indiana, including $75 million in improvements in 2014. November 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Kroger Central Division leaders celebrated the grand reopening of the company’s 86th and Township Line store in Indianapolis, Indiana at a celebration at 8:30 AM this morning.
The total economic investment in this store is $4.4 million, following a $1 million investment in the fuel center last year. Kroger's project was led by Project Manager David Arnett. This investment strengthens Kroger's economic and workforce commitment to the local Indianapolis community and will create additional jobs over time.
At a time when many companies, particularly retail companies, slowed or stopped their investments in facilities and job creation in Indiana, Kroger Central Division accelerated their pace of investment. In 2014 alone, Kroger will invest more than $75 million in new stores and major remodels in Indiana.
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 $4.4 million investment in this Indianapolis store 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 Kevin Brown and his team. Kevin, who has 13 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 Indianapolis store, Joann Rainey, who has worked for Kroger since 1976 (38 years). All of us are very proud of her dedicated service and leadership in mentoring newer associates.”
This store remodel offers Kroger customers:
-Gross retail space of 68,628 square feet
-Relocated bakery and renovated deli service areas with seating area
-New customer restrooms
-Relocated produce department with new 5 deck cases, misting system, new produce island, all new produce bins and track lighting
-Natural foods upgraded to include refrigerated and frozen cases
-Renovated deli and bakery cases to include new hot foods, soup bar, Chef on the Run, services cases, upright deli islands and new beverage center with seating area
-New floral upgrades to include a new workstation
-Meat upgrade, including full service meat and seafood cases
-Stock handling equipment to include bascarts, convenience bascarts and covered bascart corrals
The store's management team includes:
-Co-managers: Brad Fawley, Jodi Lowe and Cheryl Young
-Meat/Seafood: Kevin Clayton
-Grocery: Ricky Winder
-Frozen: Dennis Hyatt
-Food Service Manager: Meggan Waller
-Produce: Mike Berry
-Floral: Rhonda Kugelman
-Front End: Jennifer Taylor
-Drug & General Merchandise: Jynelle Vanderberg
-Pharmacy: Jill Broderick
-Fuel: Leon Dial
-Community Ambassador: Roberta Lee
-Administrative Manager: Donita King
-Cultural Council chair: Jynelle Vanderberg
During the grand reopening event, Kroger made the following donations:
-$1,000 to The Julian Center
-$1,000 to Washington Township Special Olympics
-$6,950 to Indiana Women in Need for their support of cancer patients
-$25,000 to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
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 once again 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: The Kroger Co.