Kroger’s move from its location of 29 years on East Ky. 80 to a larger, newer building on U.S. 27 was made official Wednesday with a grand opening ceremony.

Shoppers searching for deals crowded around the store’s doors before it opened at 8 a.m., and business remained steady throughout the day.

“We’re just pleased to have this facility for the customers,” said store manager Bill Feck. “They deserve it.”

The 48,000 square-foot store, located where Winn-Dixie used to be, boasts expanded meat, produce, deli, health food and frozen departments and it offers a salad bar, olive bar and a hot soup bar. The new building also houses a drive-thru pharmacy.

Feck, who has been with Kroger for 30 years, said the larger building will help Kroger bring more choices to its customers, which he said wasn’t possible at the smaller store.

“We can stock items we didn’t sell at the old store,” he said. “We can carry different products to find out what (the customers) want.”

Feck also said many customers had been impressed with the new building, which is almost 20,000 square feet larger than the old store on Ky. 80.

“Everybody’s telling me how beautiful it is,” Feck said.

Feck also said the move from the old location to the new one went smoothly because of the store’s employees.

“I’m just proud of my people,” he said.

The new store hours are 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.



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