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Kroger plans more investment in area stores

The Kroger Co. is saying it invested approximately $71 million in new stores, remodeling projects and fuel centers this year in its home Cincinnati/Dayton Division, and could spend more next year if projects get approved.

This year’s investments include newly built stores that opened in Amelia, Independence and in Miami Twp. at the Austin Landing development. Spending also includes a new fuel center to be completed by the end of the year in Fairfield, said spokeswoman Rachael Betzler.

At this point, two projects have received final approvals for next year — a new Kroger Marketplace being built in Florence, Ky., and expected to open in springtime; and a major remodel of a store on Mount Zion Road in Kentucky, Betzler said.

However, more projects in the pipeline yet to be approved could bring next year’s spending up to $121 million, Betzler said.

“We continue to see growth in the Cincinnati-Dayton marketing area and as always, our numbers have to make good business sense,” she said.

“We constantly review our stores to gather our customers’ feedback on how to make their shopping experience better. Investing in our stores is a way to do that too,” she said.

The home division of Kroger includes 109 stores in Cincinnati, Dayton, southeastern Indiana, northern Kentucky, and Springfield employing more than 19,000 full- and part-time workers. Kroger is a Fortune 500 retailer headquartered in Cincinnati.

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