by Max Brantley
Kroger will open its first "marketplace" store Friday on Chenal Parkway. It's an expanded operation that includes housewares, jewelry and other hard goods.
Note in the news release the late October re-opening of the Hillcrest Kroger and a mention of "expansions and remodels" planned at other Little Rock Krogers, including the Heights store. (I don't see how it could be expanded without taking away from already difficult parking.)
KROGER NEWS RELEASE
On Saturday, August 28th the Kroger Delta Division will celebrate the opening of its first Marketplace Store located at 16105B Chenal Parkway which is in Little Rock, AR.
The 123,000 square foot Marketplace Store will open with a wide assortment of housewares, toys, school and office supplies, baby items, furniture, bed and bath merchandise, home décor and a Fred Meyer Jewelry Store.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe attended a ground breaking ceremony for the store last year when Kroger Delta Division President Mark Prestidge announced Kroger’s plans to invest approximately $125 million in a multi-year effort to remodel, expand and build new stores in Arkansas, creating hundreds of jobs.
Since that announcement the Kroger Delta Division has completed several multi- million dollar remodels and expansions throughout the state.
“Over the last two years, it has been very exciting to see our capital investments in the State of Arkansas come to fruition”, said Mark Prestidge, President of the Kroger Delta Division. “Kroger is honored to be part of the past, present and future of Arkansas”, he added.
Kroger currently operates 35 stores throughout Arkansas and employs 3,800 in the state.
Capital plans for Arkansas have included a remodel and fuel center in West Memphis and expansions and remodels at the greater Little Rock store in The Heights, Rodney Parham and Markham locations. In addition, Kroger locations in Conway, Russellville and Benton were each remodeled with the latest offerings to enhance the customer shopping experience. A new location in Maumelle opened in 2008.
Prestidge noted that the much anticipated opening of the Beechwood location will happen in late October and capital investments throughout the State will continue next year as plans are underway for future Marketplace formats in the state.