It was only closed for a few evenings during construction, but the Merchants Park Kroger at 11th and North Shepherd in the Heights is marking today as its grand re-opening. Work on the project began 13 months ago. A new section of the store, which was expanded by 39,184 sq. ft., opened last October. Today, all the expansions and renovations on the 24-hour market are complete. Total tally: 88,988 sq. ft.
What’s new? A Starbucks with free wi-fi; a “Kitchen Place” featuring small appliances, cookware, and dinnerware; and the now-de-rigueur drive-thru pharmacy. Plus: an “open-air” seafood market, an order-on-the-computer deli kiosk, a “Cheese Shoppe” with more than 300 cheeses, and an Artisan Bread gallery that features store-made tortillas in your five favorite flavors: white, wheat, butter, salsa and cinnamon sugar.
Kroger officials say they anticipate the Heights location “becoming one of our top performing stores” in the area. The store has a huge wine department, a build-your-own six pack beer section, and more than 75 varieties of ready-to-eat packaged salads.
The old gas station on the corner in front of the store was replaced by a Kroger station last August.
- Previously on Swamplot: Expanded Heights Kroger: Now Wider Than Wide Angle, Heights Kroger Stats: Double Plus Goods, Stripped: Heights Kroger Knocks Its Neighbors
Photo: Candace Garcia