Special to The Greenup Beacon
Kroger officials have announced the begging of an extensive remodeling of its store in Russell, investing $4 million.
As a result of the remodeling, Kroger will create approximately 20 new jobs, bringing the total employment of the store to approximately 135.
“We are delighted to invest in the Russell/Ashland community, and we hope our investment will be a boost to the local economy,” said Allison McGee, spokesperson for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division.
“Our sales volume has increased at this store, and our associates provide outstanding service to our customers.”
The Nature’s Market section will be expanded so Kroger can increase offerings in natural foods and organics. The floral department will be relocated to the front of the store. The Pharmacy will be expanded and will include an area for consulting with patients.
The store will have new checkout lanes, including new express lanes and six new self-checkout stations.
The entire store will have a new décor package, including painting. The floors will be stained and polished.
The store will add space for a section to sell beer. A license from the ABC Board is pending.
“When complete, the remodel will give the store a brand new look,” said Brent Strickland, manager. “Most construction activity will occur at night to avoid inconveniencing customers.”
The 58,000 square foot store opened in 2000. The store is open 24 hours every day.
About Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division:
The Mid-Atlantic Division operates 120 stores, 115 pharmacies and 81 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. Headquartered in Roanoke, the Mid-Atlantic Division is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, women’s health, our troops and their families, and local schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger is also a strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities.
In 2013, Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division contributed nearly $13 million to communities served. Fortune magazine named Kroger the “most generous company in America.” For more information, visit www.kroger.com.
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