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The new Kroger Marketplace on North 21st Street will open on Wednesday, Nov. 2.(Photo: Sara C. Tobias, Sara C. Nov.
NEWARK ThenewKroger Marketplace, under construction on North 21st Street, opens Nov. 2 with great fanfare,the giant food retailer announced Wednesday.
The Cincinnati based company announced the grandopening event will include gift cards valued at $5 to $100 for the first 300 customers,product sampling,costumed characters, a balloon sculpture, a caricature artist and a face painter. 21st St., the site Meijer left on May 24, 2013.
“It’s quite a store,” Mayor Jeff Hall said. “I toured it a couple months ago when they were just starting to get some shelves in there. The massiveness is something to look at from the inside. Nov. 1. The pharmacy closes at noon the same day.
The Kroger Marketplace will include a drive up grocery pickup service, a Starbucks, a Kroger operated bistro, a Murray’s Cheese Shop, anexpanded Little Clinic and pharmacy, abeer and wine tasting section, an expandedhome decor and toy section, an apparel department with a fitting room, a Park National Bank branch,and a fuel center in the front of the 16 acre site.
Bryn Du Art Centerartists Paul Hamilton and Jenn Pentecostcreateda 12 foot by 5 foot mural representative of Newarktohang in thestore.
The new storewill employ about 375 people,including about 150 transferring from the Deo Drive location. All associates at the current store were given the opportunity to transfer to the new store or another area Kroger.
“Not many employ that many anywhere in the state,” Hall said. “It’s a pretty stable business. Everybody eats and has to shop for food. I think this (Kroger decision) is a nice compliment to our community.”
Kroger has increased its number of Marketplace stores from 96 to 137 in the last two years. It opened a new Marketplace on Oct. 5 in Marysville.
The Newark store opens just down the street from the 206,632 square foot Wal Mart Supercenter that opened13 years agoat 1315 N. 21st St.
“They are two different kind of stores,” Hall said. “It’s going to be kind of interesting. Kroger will probably pull people from quite a distance, and it’s extended with this store because of some of the uniqueness of it.”
Kroger, oneof the world’s largest food retailers, employs431,000 associates at2,778 storesunder a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. It’sfiscal year 2015 sales were $109.8 billion.