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As part of an ambitious capital investment plan across Indiana and Illinois, The Kroger Co.’s 151-store Central Division this week cut the ribbon on a $9 million replacement store in Speedway, Ind., marking the largest store in the metro Indianapolis region.
The completion of the replacement store follows a $14 million new metro Indianapolis store at 71st and Binford and a $1.5 million remodel of the Pendleton Pike store; it precedes the scheduled Dec. 10 grand reopening of another remodeled store in Plainfield and the $12 million new store due to open in Nora in late January. Cincinnati-based Kroger said its capital investments in metro Indianapolis stores over this three-year period will exceed $40 million and have resulted in several hundred new jobs.
“The grocery, pharmacy and fuel markets are very competitive in Indiana, but also very important for The Kroger Co.,” said Bob Moeder, Kroger’s Central Division president. “Our solid success in the marketplace allows us to make a significant number of economic and workforce investments in our stores in 2009. These investments allow us to continue providing quality products, competitive prices and outstanding customer service, while working hard to be supportive partners in the neighborhoods we serve. Indianapolis is a very important market for this Kroger division, and each store remodel focuses on giving our customers exactly what they want to see in their store.”
Moeder cited the efforts of store manager Dwight Hight and his team, as well as “the talent and dedication of associates like our longest-serving employee at this store, Timothy J. Hughes, a grocery clerk who has worked at the store since Sept. 19, 1969 (40 years). We are proud of him and appreciate his sharing more than 40 years of wisdom and guidance with newer associates in the store.”
To commemorate the grand opening celebration, Kroger donated $34,229 in contributions to a variety of community organizations, including the Speedway Fire Department, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women fund.
Offering 94,050 square feet of selling space, the new store features relocated and expanded deli, bakery, produce and floral departments; an updated décor package; polished and stained concrete floors; an additional 215 doors of frozen food; expanded grocery and beverage departments; new Kitchen Place, commercial bakery, beverage central and All About You sections; a relocated pharmacy with walk-up and drive-up windows; and a new fuel center.
The Kroger Central Division operates 123 pharmacies and 57 fuel centers operating under five banners: Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s, Hilander and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to five stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio.