South Dayton suburbs have quickly become a hot bed for grocery retailers. Here are five quick facts to know about the grocery industry in Dayton:
• Major grocers — including Kroger, Meijer, Whole Foods, Aldi, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and Costco — have all added stores to the southern Dayton market within the past several years, and are battling to get customers through the doors. Residents in Centerville, Springboro, Miamisburg and Sugarcreek Twp. have more than 20 store options within miles of each other.
• Kroger is set to open by late May or early June at the Cornerstone of Centerville development. The Cincinnati-headquartered grocery retailer is set to open the 125,000-square-foot store on about 15 acres between Costco and Cabela’s, facing south toward Feedwire Road. Kroger has invested $21.2 million to build the new store, which will replace a smaller Kroger at 2100 E. Whipp Road in Kettering.
• The supermarkets and grocery industry has a major impact on local economies, and brought in $612 billion in revenue nationwide last year. More than 2.6 million people were employed by the industry in 2016 as well.
• People still shop at least 1.5 times per week at their local grocery store.
• A 157,000-square-foot Meijer grocery store with a gasoline service station has also been proposed in Springboro at the northeast corner of West Central Avenue and Clearcreek-Franklin Road. Michigan-based Meijer is seeking rezoning and approval of a general plan approval for the project.