Kroger also is offering wine enthusiasts something to toast. The Cincinnati-based grocery chain has expanded its wine-tasting program at three Dayton-area locations so that customers of those stores can sample wines every day from 6 to 8 p.m. The stores with the expanded wine-tasting hours include Austin Landing, Kettering Fresh Fare and Centerville, Leesemann said. At selected other Kroger stores, including the Hamilton-Middletown and Liberty Center locations, wine tastings are typically offered on Fridays from 5 and 8 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. or 5 to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Grocery stores are battling for market share throughout the region, especially in southern Montgomery County and northern Warren County — home to multiple Kroger and Meijer stores, all three Dorothy Lane Market stores, Sam’s Club, Earth Fare, Trader Joe’s, Costco Wholesale and a relatively new entrant, Fresh Thyme Markets, all to be joined next week by Whole Foods Market.
The competition for the loyalty and dollars of thirsty craft-beer enthusiasts isn’t limited to grocery stores. Chappys opened a beer-centric pub and restaurant — its second location — in Washington Twp. last week. And Ollie’s Place, a beer-and-bourbon bar, full-service restaurant and retail store, is poised to open in the coming weeks, also in Washington Twp. In Beavercreek, the World of Beer chain of beer-themed restaurants recently signed a lease for a new location at the Greene Town Center in Beavercreek.