Thursday 24 April 2014

The Biggest Kroger Store In Texas Is Set To Open In Fort Bend County In October

The Kroger Marketplace grocery store under construuction at the Grand Parkway and Mason Road near Pecan Grove will open in October, the developer of Waterside Marketplace says.

When opened, the 123,000-square foot store will likely be the largest in Texas. As FortBendNow reported in January, a Kroger’s of about the same size is scheduled to open a few months later just a few miles away at Rosenberg’s Brazos Town center.

The Waterside store is being developed by Regency Centers of Jacksonville, Fla., whose vice president of investiments, Steve Fritzer, says it will be Kroger’s sixth store to be located in the company’s Houston portfolio, the 11th statewide and the 48th to locate with Regency nationwide.

“Waterside Marketplace has neared completion with a number of merchants that are open for business, and three banks on outparcels, Fritzer said. “Kroger Marketplace is currently installing its fixtures and furnishings and will be hiring and training new staff soon.”

He said Regency is in lease negotiations with computer and electronics retailers, medical services and others.

As for the Kroger Marketplace store, it will offer “the best of a Signature Store in a much larger format with expanded variety for one-stop shopping, said Kroger Director of Consumer Affairs Gary Huddleston. “We are very excited to bring our newest, largest and best store to the Richmond and Fort Bend County area.”

The Rosenberg Kroger’s also will be a marketplace store. The company also recently opened signature stores in Pearland and Missouri City.

The new marketplace stores will include what Kroger calls “an expanded variety of grocery and deli products, large floral section, gourmet and chef-prepared foods” and a wine shop with a wine steward, a “nature’s market with all natural and organic products” and a drive-thru pharmacy.

But the stores also will offer goods not previously associated with a Kroger’s grocery store. These inlcude a large “kitchen place” with numerous kitchen items for sale, including dishes, pottery and placemats; a “bed and bath” area; an area offering small home furniture; an offering of home-office products; and a large amount of space devoted to selling outdoor patio furniture, grills and related items, Huddleston said in January.

Kroger still has offered no official word on the fate of its existing signature store on U.S. 90A in Rosenberg.

Huddleston acknowledged earlier this year that rumors the old store would close could come true.

“Certainly we’re looking at that,” he said at the time. “It’s a possibility.”

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