Kroger’s New Atlanta Store Generates Buzz

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If social media is any indication, the new Kroger at Glenwood Place in east Atlanta has been very well received.

One of the biggest draws appears to be a wine and beer bar inside the store. Many are calling it the “KroBar,” and joking (at least partially) that people will gladly be grocery shopping in this store.

The 120,000-s.f. store opened June 29 and added about 300 new jobs, according to Kroger Atlanta.

“Kroger has been a part of Atlanta for many years and is always looking for ways to better serve our customers,” said Glynn Jenkins, public relations director. “We look forward to…providing our customers with more convenience and many new amenities that will enhance their shopping experience.”

The store was financed in part through New Markets Tax Credits provided by MBS Urban Initiatives CDE LLC, an affiliate of McCormack Baron Salazar Inc., and by Reinvestment Fund.

In addition to the bar, the Glenwood Kroger has Starbucks; Murray’s Cheese; The Little Clinic; an upscale deli with sushi, soup, salad and pizza; a floral shop; extensive general merchandise; expanded beer, local craft beer and wine selections; Chef on the Run dishes; expanded meat and seafood department; drive-thru pharmacy; and fuel center.

The new store also offers ClickList, a service that allows customers to place orders online and pick up their groceries at a time and location convenient for them. Customers can shop for more than 40,000 items on ClickList, including fresh produce, meat and seafood, dairy and frozen products. The service launched in early July.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing a Kroger to East Atlanta,” said David Pitts, store manager. “The store will provide the products, amenities and lower prices our customers appreciate, and we look forward to serving this community for many years to come.”

As part of the grand opening celebration, Kroger donated $500 to partner schools, including Maynard H. Jackson High School, Burgess Peterson Academy, King Middle School and Parkside Elementary.

Festivities also included the unveiling of a mural by Loss Prevention Arts, an Atlanta-based art and design collective established by Sean Garrett and Maggie White of Atlanta. The mural includes local landmarks of historical Grant Park, including animals from Zoo Atlanta, architecture from the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts as well as the MARTA rail and train.

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