Ohio-based The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) has re-opened an Indianapolis store after a $2 million makeover. The project included upgrades to the pharmacy and produce departments as well as improved security.

December 5, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Kroger Central Division leaders celebrated the grand reopening of the company’s store at 2629 East 65th Street in Indianapolis at a celebration at 8:30 AM this morning.

The total economic investment in this store is $2 million. Kroger's project was led by Project Manager Holly Fritz. This investment strengthens Kroger’s economic and workforce commitment to the local Indianapolis community and will create additional jobs over time. This is the third of four major remodel projects completed by Kroger in Indianapolis in 2013. Those projects exceed $13 million in value and added several dozen new jobs.

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 $2 million investment in Indianapolis is another 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 Brian Bostrom and his team. Brian, who has nine 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, James Bandy, who has worked for Kroger since 1979 (34 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 66,448 square feet

 Enlarged pharmacy area will include all new cabinetry, new shelving and finishes.

 Relocated customer service and accounting office with new cabinetry, d?cor and carpet.

 Upgraded produce department

 New deli and bakery cases to include hot/cold case, deli service cases, cake decorating case, self-service bakery case and relocated frozen case

 Meat department upgrades include new fresh meat cases

 New plastic bascarts and electric carts.

 Technology equipment including new scales, and upgraded security

 Updating storefront with new finishes, new energy efficient exterior LED signage and repainting of the exterior of the building

The store’s management team includes:

 Co-manager: James Martin

 Co-manager: Dawn McKinney

 Co-manager: Michael Vickery

 Administrative Manager: Lisa Smith

 Meat: Darrell Turner

 Grocery: Michael Waidlich

 Frozen: Eric Murray

 Deli/Bakery Manager: Connie Wethington

 Dairy: Michael Henderson

 Produce: Kelly Brock

 Floral: Suzie Moore

 Front End: Maria Lopez

 Drug & General Merchandise: Kathy Woosley

 Pharmacy: Marcy Keller

 Fuel: Brittney Hardgraves

 File Clerk: Gary Borson

 Community Ambassador: Lisa Smith

 Cultural Council Chair: Maria Lopez

During the grand reopening event, Kroger made the following donations: $1,000 to the Glendale Christian Church food pantry, $10,000 to Indy hunger Network, $25,000 to Gleaners Food Bank, $12,000 to Riley Hospital for Children and $1,000 anonymously to the family of a Kroger associate whose home was destroyed by a recent tornado.

The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 130 years. The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 77 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 $13.3 million in 2012 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: The Kroger Co.

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