The new 117,000-s.f. Kroger Marketplace at the Shops at Cedar Bluff in West Knoxville, Tenn., opened Wednesday, bringing an estimated 200 jobs to the Knoxville area. The Marketplace showcases an array of quality products, amenities and services to create a superior one-stop-shopping experience for the west Knoxville community.
Located at 9225 Kingston Pike, the Kroger Marketplace introduces new specialty retail sections, such as Fred Meyers Jewelers; Ashley Furniture; expanded bed and bath items; home decorative goods; office and school supplies; toys; and seasonal items.
The Marketplace also features: Starbucks, Kroger Fuel Center, fresh sushi bar, full-service meat and seafood department, and health and beauty sections.
“The amenities offered by the Kroger Marketplace will provide residents with a variety of new options and a convenient shopping experience,” says Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “In addition to its convenience, the store will employee 300 Kroger associates, creating 200 new jobs in Knoxville, and we are proud to be a part of this community.”
Grand opening celebrations included appearances from the Bearden High School ensemble and the color guard from the National Reserve in Knoxville.
As local high school students entertained the crowd, the grocer marked its commitment to the Knox County School System with a donation of approximately $45,000 in school supplies to the local Teacher Supply Depot. Kroger also donated $32,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, as part of its “Bringing Hope to the Table” promotion that focuses on ending hunger in its local communities.
“In my 31 years of service to Kroger, the excitement expressed from the west Knoxville community and Kroger associates as we open this new store surpasses anything I’ve experienced before,” says Denise McDonald, store manager of the Shops at Cedar Bluff Kroger. “We look forward to serving this wonderful community.”
The Shops at Cedar Bluff Marketplace—open 24 hours a day, seven days a week—is the second Marketplace store in the Kroger’s Atlanta Division. The first opened in 2008 in Farragut, Tenn.