Wednesday January 11, 2006
Kroger Media Contact:
Tim McGurk (502) 423-4854
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and District 5 Councilwoman, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, will join Kroger President, John Hackett, for a press conference to celebrate the grand opening of a new Kroger store in Portland. The press conference will be held at the new store on Tuesday, January 10, 2006, at 11 a.m., the day before the store opens to the public. The press conference will be followed by a brief store tour and reception for the dignitaries and media.
“This is a very important project to all of us at Kroger and, we believe, to the entire Portland community. We are thrilled to be able to provide a modern grocery store for our customers here and to add even more momentum to the ongoing revitalization of Portland,” said Hackett.
The Kroger store, located at 520 N. 35th Street, will open to the public on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, at 8 a.m. This 61,000 square foot store replaces the current Portland facility, which has been open since 1959. The new store, which is more than double the size of the one it replaces, will include expanded meat, produce, deli, and frozen departments, along with a drive-thru Pharmacy, a U.S. Bank branch, and a Fuel station. The opening of this new store has created 75 new jobs for the Portland area and is part of Kroger’s long-term commitment to this vital West Louisville neighborhood.
“This new Kroger store is a meaningful addition to the Portland neighborhood,” said Abramson. “Complementing the work of the city’s Corridors of Opportunity in Louisville program, residents now have more convenient and accessible retail services in their own neighborhood.”
A unique feature of this store is a Louisville Metro Police Department Sub Station that has been donated by Kroger. This is the first time the Police Department will have a Sub Station located inside a Kroger store. The Sub Station will provide space for local police officers to make phone calls, complete reports, and file records.
On hand to celebrate the opening of the Sub-Station will be Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White and Assistant Chief Terri Winstead-Wilfong.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains. At the end of 3rd Quarter 2005, the Company operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,510 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 32 states under two dozen local banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith’s and Smith’s Marketplace, Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market. Kroger also operated (either directly or through subsidiaries, franchise agreements, or operating agreements) 792 convenience stores, 431 fine jewelry stores, 567 supermarket fuel centers and 42 food processing plants. For more information about Kroger, please visit our website at www.kroger.com.