Family Dollar Building DC
Gov. Mitch Daniels joined Jim Kelly, president and CEO of Family Dollar Stores Inc., and other company executives along with local representatives in mid-May for a groundbreaking ceremony of a new Family Dollar distribution facility to be built in Ashley at 100 S. CR 31.
The Fortune 300 retailer announced in January that it would create up to 350 jobs in Indiana. Family Dollar will invest nearly $70 million on the 815,000 s.f. facility, and plans to begin operations in the spring of 2012.
Coventry Kroger Work to Start in July
Demolition of Scott’s Food & Pharmacy at the Village at Coventry shopping center in southwest Fort Wayne could begin as soon as July, clearing the way for construction of a Kroger store much larger than the Scott’s store it will replace according to reports.
Among the last phases of a $75 million reorganization of its Fort Wayne stores announced in 2009, the “marketplace” store will offer a larger pharmacy, more non-food products and contain about 123,000 s.f., compared to 80,000 s.f. for most traditional stores, said John Elliott, spokesman for the Cincinnati-based company to the paper.
No fuel center is planned at this time but could be added later, Elliott added.
Kroger, UFCW 700 ratify agreements
Associates of Kroger’s Central Division, an affiliate of The Kroger Co. have ratified agreements with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700. The agreements cover approximately 2,400 associates working in Kroger, Scott’s and Owens stores in Northeast Indiana.
The company expects to begin hiring team members for its distribution operations in early 2012 in preparation for the opening of its new facility.
Scott’s Food and Pharmacy joined the Kroger family of stores in 2007. The Kroger Central Division is headquartered in Indianapolis. It includes 147 food stores, 122 pharmacies and 64 fuel centers operating under five banners: Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s, Hilander and Pay Less.
Kelley Named Marsh CEO
Joseph M. Kelley has been named chairman, CEO and president of Marsh Supermarkets.
Kelley comes to Marsh from Price Chopper Supermarkets where he served as EVP. Prior to that he held senior executive positions at A&P, Bozzuto’s Inc. and Adams Hometown Markets.
“Joe is an outstanding senior executive who brings 25 years of successful experience in supermarket sales, merchandising and marketing to his new role,” said Scott King, Senior Managing Director of Sun Capital Partners, an affiliate of which owns Marsh. “We are delighted he has joined the Marsh team, and look forward to his leadership and contributions to the company’s progress and continued focus on serving customers well.”