Artistic rendering of Kroger expansion

One of the most popular grocery stores in the Auburn area is getting bigger and better. 

One of the most popular grocery stores in the Auburn area is getting bigger and better. 

A 29,000 square-foot expansion and renovation of Kroger on the corner of Glenn Avenue and Dean Road is set to begin in August with a tentative completion date of December 2015, according to Glynn Jenkins, the director of communications and public relations for Kroger in its Atlanta Division.

“Kroger has served the Auburn community for years,” said Jenkins in an email to The Villager. “Kroger has and continues to remodel stores to suit the unique needs of our customers.”

The multi-million dollar investment in Kroger will include new décor, upscale elements in service departments, an expanded grocery department, Murray’s Cheese, a Starbucks, an expanded bakery and deli, new service meat and service seafood, a sushi island and an expanded natural foods department.

According to Jenkins, departments may be relocated to other areas in the store during phases of construction.

The project is also estimated to bring approximately 85-100 jobs to the Auburn area.

The expansion of the popular grocery store is part of the larger expansion and remodeling of Corner Village Shopping Center. 

At its July 1 meeting, the City Council approved an ordinance for a development agreement between the city and Vicky, LLC, the local real estate developer that is renovating and expanding the center.

The city will remit to Vicky, LLC portions of certain sales and use tax, over a maximum of 10 years, not to exceed $850,000 total or $85,000 in any one year.

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