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Kroger to build north-side Fort Wayne store, add 300 jobs

Kroger will build a store on Dupont Road near Tonkel Road. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of The News-Sentinel)
Kroger will build a store on Dupont Road near Tonkel Road. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of The News-Sentinel)
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Growth calls for the addition at Dupont and Tonkel roads, representative says.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:25 am

Kroger will build a store on land at Dupont and Tonkel roads, which will add about 300 jobs to Fort Wayne, the company announced Wednesday.

"Our Fort Wayne Marketplace stores are a bit bigger, but, at $26 million, this new project will be a significant investment," said Eric Halvorson, Kroger's Central Division spokesman, in a news release.

A construction schedule for the 100,000-square-foot store is still being worked out.

The estimated 300 jobs will be new positions, with the exception of managers or department heads who will be transferred there to lead the new store, Halvorson wrote.

Kroger picked that area for the store because of the growth going on in the northern part of Fort Wayne. Kroger already has a Marketplace store at 601 E. Dupont Road, 3 miles, or about 8 minutes away by vehicle. The Cincinnati-based grocery chain's "marketplace" design includes an expanded array of non-food products such as apparel sold at those stores along with housing Fred Meyer Jewelers stores. Kroger's other Fort Wayne marketplace store is at 5725 Coventry Lane. The Kroger store at 6002 St. Joe Center Road is undergoing an expansion to become a marketplace store. That work will be done in the next few months, Halvorson responded in an email.

Asked if the new store will have any added or expanded departments compared to other stores, such as organics or a fueling center, Halvorson wrote, "As a new store, it will have as many new features as possible. You can count on an area dedicated to organic products. The actual square footage isn't set.  We will tailor much of the selection to the desires of our customers in the surrounding area."

Kroger bought the Scott's Foods chain in 2007. In 2009 it announced a $75 million reorganization of its Fort Wayne stores, closing some and building and remodeling others at it phased out the Scott's name, and creating fuel centers at some of its stores. It later increased that amount to $100 million. 

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