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Kroger in Shelbyville is about to grow into a megastore.
Triple S Planning and Zoning approved a development plan Tuesday for a new Kroger Marketplace store near the location of the current store in Hi-Point Shopping Center at Boone Station Road and Williamsburg Road in Shelbyville.
“It’s twice as big as the current store,” Ryan Libke, executive director of the Triple S Planning Commission said.
Developers said at 125,000 sq. ft. the building would also be 30,000 sq. ft. larger than a similar store model in Middletown.
On the outside there will be a drive-thru pharmacy, a Kroger fuel station and an excess of parking.
Inside the Kroger Marketplace is where people will notice the major differences, Kroger spokesperson Tim McGurk said.
“They [Kroger Marketplace models] offer an enormous number of products and services you can’t find in a traditional Kroger store,” he said. “In addition to the expanded perishables department and things Kroger’s customers are used to seeing, those departments are enhanced with things like a bistro with food people can eat there or take home, a very impressive natural market with natural and organic foods, and a cheese shop with literally hundreds of varieties of imported cheese.”
Kroger Marketplace stores also include a gourmet desert bar, artisan bread department, and expanded seafood and meat.
But the Marketplace isn’t limited to food products. It offers departments for small kitchen appliances, toys, pet products.
“The one that probably surprises people the most is that there’s a large furniture department in the store,” he said.
Kroger opened similar store in Lexington this week and has another in Northern Kentucky.
Though the plans are for Kroger to be constructed as a free-standing structure not attached to the other buildings in the shopping center, it will still be considered a part of the center, and the area’s parking lots will be connected.
A traffic study conducted on the project notes that Kroger met its recommendations, and the plan calls for additional turn lanes to help keep traffic moving.
The development plan shows left and right turn lanes off of Boone Station Road next to Chase Bank and KFC and again up at Williamsburg Road. Developers are trying to get a traffic signal installed at the exit out of Williamsburg Road onto Boone Station.Upon completion of the new Kroger Marketplace, the fuel station outside the current store will have its fuel tanks and kiosk removed, and the area will be turned into a parking lot.
A leasing agreement assures Kroger that the building being used today will not be filled by a different grocery or drug store.
Kroger has been a part of Shelbyville for several decades. It took its location in Hi-Point in 1992 and had previously had been located on two locations on Main Street and at Governor's Square, just across U.S. 60.
A timeline for breaking ground on the construction has not yet been established.
“There are still ongoing negotiations between Kroger and the landowner. Until that happens we really can’t announce any dates. But we would like to see things move along quickly,” McGurk said.
Also at the Triple S meeting:
The commission also approved an amended development plan to add 9,214 sq feet on to the current Humana Data Facility on Citizens Boulevard in Simpsonville. The space will be used primarily for storage and offer room for computers.