Kroger construction will finish in February

Inside remodel will go on until next summer

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

Construction at the Franklin West Shopping Center Kroger is on schedule and set to be completed in February, with inside remodeling continuing until July.

The multi-million dollar investment is adding 23,600 square feet to the building, putting it at more than 79,000 when construction is finished. Construction for the project began July 23.

Tim McGurk, public affairs manager for the mid-south division of Kroger, said a final re-grand opening is scheduled for July.

He said he could not comment on the exact cost of the project.

The expansion will add a drive-through pharmacy on the left side of the building and a kitchen place department – meaning more plates, glassware and small kitchen appliances – and all perishable and health and beauty departments will be expanded.

The deli will include a sushi department, beverage bar and hot food bar with a seating area.

There will also be additional check out lanes.

“We look forward to offering our customers the best shopping experience available,” store manager Nick Hansford said in a statement. “Our goal is for our customers to be highly satisfied, and this remodel will give us the tools to do that.”

About 25 to 30 new jobs will be created as a result of the expansion, McGurk said. Hiring will happen gradually from February through July.

McGurk said a project like this isn’t common. For the 162 stores in his division, there are about four to eight remodels like this per year. After the expansion is finished, the building will be 14,000 square feet larger than the one located off of Versailles Road.

“Frankfort has always been a great town for Kroger,” McGurk said. “The business has just exceeded what the facility can handle.”

In other business news:

>Frankfort Planning Director Greg Muller said there are no applications yet for the building that Office Depot occupied.

>Luci Lou’s Frozen Yogurt is now moving into the building that formerly housed Quiznos. Muller did not have a timeline for when the business expects to open.

>Panera Bread is seeking approval to add a drivethrough to it’s building. A plan was submitted to add 380 square feet.

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  • I like Panera and I wouldn't want to deny them a drive-thru and the chance to earn extra business & profit, but that location/parking lot it already overcrowded. Adding additional traffic would not be a good thing...Unless they are going to knock down the GameStop and Sprint Store to make some room.