Kroger Central Division marked the grand reopening Thursday morning of its renovated store at 7008 Bluffton Road.
The store remained open through its renovation, but company executives and employees gathered to celebrate the completion of work.
Kroger spokesman John Elliott explained that it's a bigger milestone, too. The Bluffton Road renovation is the last project that was part of Kroger's more than $100 million commitment to new, expanded and remodeled stores. Besides remodelings and expansions, the investment program included the construction of two Kroger Marketplace stores, which include a wider selection of general merchandise in addition to food.
Those projects began in 2008 after Kroger acquired Scott's stores in northeast Indiana in 2007 and the subsequent purchase of four shopping centers in Fort Wayne.
A major remodel of the Clinton Street Scott's is under way and the company still plans to add several more fuel centers in the northeast Indiana region, the company said.
During the reopening, Kroger officials also made three contributions to benefit the community:
Customers and Kroger employees donated $21,563 to Community Harvest Food Bank during the “Share Your Feast” food drive, and Kroger added $12,500 in matching funds for a total of $34,063.
A donation of $1,000 to Waynedale Elementary
A donation of $1,000 to Indian Village School