Miamisburg OKs plan for new $20M Kroger store

Kroger aims to replace an existing storefront at 155 N. Heincke Road in Miamisburg with a larger Marketplace location like the one pictured here in Butler County's Liberty Twp., which opened Thursday, October 29, 2020. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Kroger aims to replace an existing storefront at 155 N. Heincke Road in Miamisburg with a larger Marketplace location like the one pictured here in Butler County's Liberty Twp., which opened Thursday, October 29, 2020. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Nearly 124,000-square-foot Marketplace location expected to open by fall 2022

Kroger will replace a more than 25-year-old storefront with a new Marketplace that will include a fuel station, bank and Starbucks.

A new 123,722-square-foot Kroger Marketplace and an 18-pump fueling station at 155 North Heincke Road will be part of the “complete redevelopment” of the site, one that would construct the new store on a 23-acre site that includes the current 68,860-square-foot Kroger store that opened there in 1995.

The approximately $20 million investment will expand the existing taxes generated from the property, according to the city’s Planning Commission.

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“The inclusion of services such as a fuel center, increased online shopping pickup spaces, the inclusion of a bank, a Starbucks, and increased pharmacy pickup points, all will contribute to improving the grocery shopping experience for Miamisburg residents,” the commission said.

The proposed storefront, which is expected to open by fall 2022, also will create 110 new jobs in addition to maintaining 150 employees at the existing Kroger, city officials said.

“Incorporating a neighborhood based retailer at this location ... creates employment opportunities, expands the city’s tax base, and provides goods and services conveniently to City residents while protecting adjacent existing land uses,” the Planning Commission said

Miamisburg City Council approved a final development plan for the site Tuesday evening at its regularly scheduled meeting.

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Sarah Thacker, council member at large, said she’s excited to have a new Kroger for the city and thankful the company worked to comply with what city officials requested regarding the site, including buffering modifications.

“I think there’s a little bit of hesitancy, I think, from a lot of people about a really big Kroger in the middle of a neighborhood, but I know that there are a lot of neighborhoods that are food deserts, that are really struggling to have that accessible right there in their neighborhood to their people,” Thacker said. “So, to have such a wide array of things right here that are just a mile or two away from all of us ... we’re lucky.”

Along with groceries, Marketplace stores typically provide items that range from prepared food to general merchandise including toys, clothing and home goods.

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