'Super Kroger' coming to Perkins Township

Your local Kroger is well on its way to becoming bigger and better.
Melissa Topey
Jan 30, 2013

“It's going to be a Super Kroger,” said John Curtis, Perkins Township's chief building official and zoning inspector.

The company is keeping its plans mostly under wraps, but the owner of the West Perkins Avenue building — the Didion family — has said the expansion should add about 15 percent more space to the facility, which is already at least 60,000 square feet.  

The building will expand east toward Campbell Street, but any details beyond that are unknown, as Curtis refused to provide documentation on the plans Monday evening.    

The Erie County auditor's website values the property at $4.42 million. 

While construction plans are still in the early stages, the grocery retailer has already received the township's approval for a permit to expand the parking lot. Kroger plans to start working on the project this summer.

Erie County commissioner Bill Monaghan said the news is exciting for the community.

“That will give the people of Sandusky another option so they do not always have to run to Meijer,” Monaghan said. “Now they will have something in town.”

In addition to adding retail space, the company is also revamping the store's interior, said Kevin Didion, of the Didion family. 

In the short-term the project will certainly create construction jobs, although in the long-run it could mean more permanent jobs, Monaghan said. 

“It will immediately add construction jobs and maybe Kroger will hire more people for the store,” Monaghan said.

At the moment, officials at Kroger said they have no definitive plans to share.

“We are working with the city of Sandusky to find a way to better serve our customers," said Jackie Siekmann, spokeswoman for Kroger. "At this time, we are doing our due diligence in an effort to secure the best scenario for Kroger and our customers.” 

The expansion is likely part of the company's corporate growth strategy.

About four months ago, Kroger executives unveiled plans to grow its brands. The chain employs 339,000 people in 2,425 supermarkets and stores in 31 states. Many of the stores operate under the Kroger brand, although others include City Market, Dillons, JayC, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs, and Smith's. 

Kroger's leadership has already highlighted business opportunities they hope to pursue beyond the traditional supermarket, including discount stores and pharmacies.

In addition to expanding its store base and its market reach, Kroger is pursuing other initiatives to drive growth, opening new customer channels such as digital and mobile platforms. It's also working on new store formats to provide greater access and shopping flexibility, the company has stated in press releases.

 

Comments

Rabbi

This is excellent news for the employees at this location. The increase in sales volume should translate into wage/benefit increases for the employees right? That's usually what business owners do when they see an increase in volume.
A happy workforce is a productive workforce. Keep 'em happy, and volume will increase even more than projected.

phroggy

Wage increases???? What's that?????

rjk1915

Is 15% such a big expansion ?

tk

I like Kroger because it isn't so big. I'm getting to old to do all the walking required in the larger stores. I also find their employees to be very nice.

Cowboy

Hey tk, after they expand, take one of those scooters around the store if it is hard for you to navigate the larger store. Of course, that means you will have to fight the fat lazy people for the use of one. I wish people would respect the use of the scooters a little bit more. There is too much abuse of these things.

Cowboy

Hey tk, after they expand, take one of those scooters around the store if it is hard for you to navigate the larger store. Of course, that means you will have to fight the fat lazy people for the use of one. I wish people would respect the use of the scooters a little bit more. There is too much abuse of these things.

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