Monroe Kroger reopening after upgrades with giveaways, entertainment, new tech

Kroger and Microsoft are partnering to test a smart shopping experience at pilot stores in Monroe, Ohio, and Redmond, Washington. CONTRIBUTED

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Kroger and Microsoft are partnering to test a smart shopping experience at pilot stores in Monroe, Ohio, and Redmond, Washington. CONTRIBUTED

Kroger’s grand reopening of its Monroe location at 3033 Heritage Green Drive today is being accompanied by a celebration occurring this and next weekend.

The revamped store, which opened 2006, just added new dining options, plus digital “smart shopping” pricing boards and other technology-based improvements.

It’s offering sales through Tuesday, as well as free items on Saturday and Sunday.

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The nearly 75,000-square-foot store also is offering free items. The first 300 customers starting at 7 a.m. Saturday will get a free half gallon of Kroger-brand Select Varieties orange juice. The first 300 customers starting at 7 a.m. Sunday will get a free 1-pound roll of Bob Evans breakfast sausage.

The coupon for both freebies will be handed out at the door.

Customers who stop by the store today through Sunday will get to meet local personalities, Bengals mascots and cheerleaders and enjoy performances from area entertainers

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Here’s the schedule of the store’s remaining events:

TODAY

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cincinnati Circus Stilt Walking Balloon Artist

SATURDAY, April 6

• 10 a.m. to noon: Bengals Mascot Who Dey

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Reds Mascots Rosie & Mr. Red Legs

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m: Cincinnati Circus Magician

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Cincinnati Ben-Gals Cheerleaders

• Noon to 2 p.m.: Cincinnati Circus Stilt Walking Balloon Artist

SUNDAY, April 7

• Noon to 2 p.m. Cincinnati Circus Face Painter

SATURDAY, April 13

• 10 a.m. to noon: Legendary radio personality Jim Scott

• 2 p.m.: Cincinnati Circus balloon artist/juggler

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: BenGals cheerleaders

SUNDAY, April 14

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Circus face painter

• noon to 2 p.m.: Bengals Mascot Who Dey

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