The only thing remotely “disco” about the newly completed renovation of the Kroger at 3300 Montrose Blvd., aka Disco Kroger: The tiny lights inside the new letters on the newly stone-clad entrance. And they’re now covered in plastic. No disco ball in sight. But inside the 41,000-sq.-ft. store, it’s all hustle: Most of the checkout lanes are now express lanes, designed to get shoppers with less than 20 items out the door as quickly as possible. A new QueVision system monitors the number of customers and open lanes, helping cashiers predict how many will need to be open in the next half-hour:
The 9-month renovation — its third since opening in 1978 — was completed without ever closing the 24-hour store. While the streamlined checkout and new prepared-food sections seem focused on getting customers in and out, there’s also a new mezzanine-level lounge, with wi-fi and TV:
Taller ceilings, new clerestory windows, concrete floors, 3-D signage, and leafy squiggles on the walls bring the store closer in line with the national chain’s more recent stores.
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Photos: Candace Garcia