Kroger celebrates $3.2M investment in New Haven store

One-two-three snip! New Haven Kroger store manager John Bloom, center, helps cut the ribbon for the grand opening Friday after a $3.2 million investment in the store. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Rylee Richhart, 3, got a couple of gifts, including a Hello Kitty doll while her dad, Benjamin, stopped in the new sushi area of Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., as the Cincinnati-based company celebrated a $3.2 million investment in the store Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Store manager John Bloom helped to celebrate Friday after the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
New displays such as this chilled wine section are part of the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The redone meat department is part of the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
A new meat department is part of the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Kroger staff set out pies in the bakery area, which received part of the $3.2 million investment in the store, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
New displays are part of the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The produce section got new displays as part of the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Trisha Gephart, a "seafood technician" from Indianapolis, tempts a customer with free samples after a $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Sushi has been added as part of the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The newly added floral department was part of the $3.2 million investment in Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W., which the Cincinnati-based company celebrated Friday. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Kroger Regional Manager Dave Chou hands out sushi samples to customers Friday at the grand opening of the newly remodeled store, Kroger, Lincoln Plaza, 821 Lincoln Highway W. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

New Haven Kroger shoppers can now pick up a little sushi with their milk and bread, thanks to a $3.2 million investment in the Lincoln Plaza store.

Kroger executives and staff Friday morning celebrated the grand opening of the remodeled store at 821 Lincoln Highway W. The upgrades include new produce cases, a new floral section, more room for dairy items, and a new meat and seafood section, in addition to the new sushi area.

Most of the work was done during the third shift so shoppers wouldn’t be inconvenienced, said John Bloom, store manager. The store only had to be closed a couple of times for work, he said.

Kroger executives presented checks to Community Harvest Food Bank, New Haven Food Bank and St. James Lutheran Food Bank totaling $31,050, an extension of Kroger’s Zero Hunger/Zero Waste mission. The campaign’s goal is to end hunger in Cincinnati-based Kroger communities by 2025. Kroger also donated $500 to the New Haven Fire Department and $500 to the New Haven Police Department.

As part of its Fight Cancer Campaign, Kroger presented donations to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and the American Cancer Society. It previously provided a check to Francine’s Friends. The 2017 campaign raised $76,359 to fight cancer and support cancer patients in northeast Indiana.

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