A Kroger grocery store in Whitehaven is apologizing to its customers as it is about to undergo a six-month renovation to add new signage, products and few new jobs.
Kroger has been apart of the Memphis community since the 1920s. As a commitment to this city and its customers Kroger is changing its look.
"It's a 58,000-sqaure-foot store," said Joe Bell, marketing director. "We're going to completely refigure it to Kroger's configuration and make it easy to shop.
The company has had the same customers for years, Bell added. Part of the change is creating a more open and shopper friendly store.
"This is one of my favorite stores along with some others, so I've been shopping for about 30 years," said Eugene Wright, dedicated Kroger customer. "I think it's time they so remodel and add some different products and things."
In reconfiguring this Kroger store, signs will change, shelves will be moved, even the flooring will be different.
"We've made a commitment this year to spend $50 million in the Memphis area," Bell said. "We're already working on that. I think you've seen our Poplar Plaza store."
The Whitehaven store will look similar to the Poplar Plaza store, including a sushi bar, wider aisles and new decor.
"If they improve, it will keep the business right here in Whitehaven and right in Memphis rather than having to go to Mississippi," Walker said.
The Whitehaven Kroger has about 135 employees. With the remodel, they will add additional jobs Bell said.
"We hope to put another 10-20 on as we go through the remodel," Bell said. "We need people to work the sushi bar and different things we add. Obviously as volume goes up, people like what they see here, more people come in, that could even mean more jobs."
For customers in Whitehaven, be patient. Things may be out of place or in another section - temporarily.
"It's going to be a little testy to shop for a while," Bell said. "We apologize. I think our customers will really find the shopping experience to be phenomenal once we get it finished."
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