Centerville Kroger to open first half of 2017

Kroger officials said today they expect the new 125,000-square-foot grocery store they are building in Centerville on Feedwire Road to be finished the first half of 2017.

The company has made some changes to the interior fixture plan, and there have been some delays getting equipment for the store under construction at the Cornerstone of Centerville development near the Interstate 675 and Wilmington Pike interchange, said Patty Leesemann, a spokeswoman for Kroger.

“We plan on hiring 300 associates and will start the process of hiring a few months prior,” Leesemann said in an email.

The store is set to be on about 15 acres between Costco and Cabela’s, facing south toward Feedwire Road.

The proposed store is slightly smaller than the Kroger Marketplace at 1095 S. Main St. in Centerville that opened in 2011.

A Cornerstone Kroger store would add yet another option to what is already a very competitive grocery-store market in Dayton’s south suburbs, which in addition to multiple Kroger locations, now includes Whole Foods, Costco, Meijer stores, three Dorothy Lane Market stores, Fresh Thyme, Sam’s Club, Dot’s Market, and Trader Joe’s, among others. And some retailers such as Target and Walmart have expanded their grocery selections to carve off their own slice of the grocery market.

Kroger officials have said they are keeping open its location at 6480 Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp. Kroger built a new store in the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp. in January 2013, but decided to keep open a nearby store at 725 W. Central Ave. in Springboro.

The Cincinnati-based company is constructing a 135,000-square-foot Fairborn location on East Dayton Yellow Springs Road that will replace a smaller, existing store. And it has plans to build a store at the corner of Springboro Pike and Alex Bell Road in Moraine. The new store will be constructed next door to an existing one located in Miami Twp. that will be torn down after the new construction.

Mark Fisher contributed to this story.

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