Kroger to Introduce its First Marketplace Concept Stores in Columbus During 2004 - 2005

Jun 07, 2004, 01:00 ET from Kroger Great Lakes Division

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Kroger Great Lakes
 Division announced it's making a significant investment in the metro Columbus
 community by launching the Kroger Marketplace store -- the first of their kind
 for the Kroger name.  Kroger Marketplace is a new store format that offers
 full-service grocery, pharmacy and a full selection of expanded general
 merchandise to shoppers for a one-stop shopping experience.
     "We believe Marketplace stores are a win-win situation for our customers
 and for Kroger," said Bruce Macaulay, president, Kroger Great Lakes Division.
 "Our customers will be able to shop for groceries and specialty foods, home
 linens for the bath and bedroom, gourmet kitchen and other merchandise in a
 convenient neighborhood store from a retailer they already know and trust.
 And, the creation of Kroger Marketplace enhances our position in the
 competitive retail environment."
     One of the four Marketplace stores will open in Columbus this year, and
 the remainder is/are set to open in 2005.  The first location for Kroger
 Marketplace will be at the Graceland shopping center on High Street in
 Columbus.
     The Columbus Kroger Marketplace stores will average 90,000 to 100,000
 square feet and will be able to accommodate expanded grocery, produce, frozen
 food and dairy departments, as well as new bakery and service deli, natural
 foods, home & bath, office and much more.
     Kroger's Marketplace concept builds on the Kroger Company's success with
 its subsidiary Fry Marketplace stores in Arizona, which is the market leader
 there.  Kroger converted 17 former Fred Meyer Marketplace stores in Arizona to
 the Fry's banner in 2000.
     Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest
 retail grocery chains.  At the end of fiscal 2003, the Company operated
 (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,532 supermarkets and multi-
 department stores in 32 states under two dozen banners including Kroger,
 Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's, Fry's, Fry's
 Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market.  Kroger also operated (either
 directly, through its subsidiaries or franchise agreements) 802 convenience
 stores, 440 fine jewelry stores, 466 supermarket fuel centers and 42 food
 processing plants.  For more information about Kroger, please visit our web
 site at http://www.kroger.com .
 
 

SOURCE Kroger Great Lakes Division
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Kroger Great Lakes
 Division announced it's making a significant investment in the metro Columbus
 community by launching the Kroger Marketplace store -- the first of their kind
 for the Kroger name.  Kroger Marketplace is a new store format that offers
 full-service grocery, pharmacy and a full selection of expanded general
 merchandise to shoppers for a one-stop shopping experience.
     "We believe Marketplace stores are a win-win situation for our customers
 and for Kroger," said Bruce Macaulay, president, Kroger Great Lakes Division.
 "Our customers will be able to shop for groceries and specialty foods, home
 linens for the bath and bedroom, gourmet kitchen and other merchandise in a
 convenient neighborhood store from a retailer they already know and trust.
 And, the creation of Kroger Marketplace enhances our position in the
 competitive retail environment."
     One of the four Marketplace stores will open in Columbus this year, and
 the remainder is/are set to open in 2005.  The first location for Kroger
 Marketplace will be at the Graceland shopping center on High Street in
 Columbus.
     The Columbus Kroger Marketplace stores will average 90,000 to 100,000
 square feet and will be able to accommodate expanded grocery, produce, frozen
 food and dairy departments, as well as new bakery and service deli, natural
 foods, home & bath, office and much more.
     Kroger's Marketplace concept builds on the Kroger Company's success with
 its subsidiary Fry Marketplace stores in Arizona, which is the market leader
 there.  Kroger converted 17 former Fred Meyer Marketplace stores in Arizona to
 the Fry's banner in 2000.
     Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest
 retail grocery chains.  At the end of fiscal 2003, the Company operated
 (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,532 supermarkets and multi-
 department stores in 32 states under two dozen banners including Kroger,
 Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's, Fry's, Fry's
 Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market.  Kroger also operated (either
 directly, through its subsidiaries or franchise agreements) 802 convenience
 stores, 440 fine jewelry stores, 466 supermarket fuel centers and 42 food
 processing plants.  For more information about Kroger, please visit our web
 site at http://www.kroger.com .
 
 SOURCE  Kroger Great Lakes Division