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As The Kroger Co. celebrates 10 solid years of consecutive up quarters in same-store sales growth, the Cincinnati-based grocer reaffirmed its commitment to regional markets by unveiling its latest Indianapolis-area remodel, a $2 million investment.
Led by Project Manager Holly Fritz, the grand reopening of the Kroger store at 2629 E. 65th St. in Indiana's capitol city is the third of four major remodel projects completed by the company in Indianapolis during 2013. In all, the remodels' price tag exceeds $13 million and the project has added several dozen new jobs.
"The grocery, pharmacy and fuel markets are very competitive in Indiana, but also very important for The Kroger Co.," said Jeff Burt, president of Kroger's Central Division. "Our solid success in the marketplace allows us to make significant economic and work force investments in our Indiana stores."
This latest remodel yielded a store with gross retail space of 66,448 square feet, an enlarged pharmacy area, relocated customer service, upgraded produce department, new deli and bakery cases, meat department upgrades, new technology such as upgraded scales and security, and an updated storefront with energy-efficient LED signage.
"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," Burt said. "This remodeled store focuses on giving our customers exactly what they want to see in their store."
Team Focused on Service
Burt expressed his pride in Store Manager Brian Bostrom and his team, who "did an exceptional job" in staying focused on customer service during construction. "I also am very honored to recognize the longest-serving associate in this Indianapolis store, James Bandy, who has worked for Kroger since 1979," Burt said of the 34-year store veteran. "All of us are very proud of his dedicated service and leadership in mentoring newer associates."
During the recent 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 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.