Kroger is seeking to transfer the full wine and beer licenses now assigned to the Kroger store at East Stroop and Shroyer roads in Kettering to its newly remodeled Liberty Township store at 7300 Yankee Road in Butler County.
The Cincinnati-based grocery company wants to replace the Kettering store’s existing full beer and wine license with one that is slightly more restrictive, according to Ohio Division of Liquor Control records.
“The Kettering store does not have a growler (beer) bar and rarely holds any tastings,” a Kroger spokeswoman said in response to this news outlet’s inquiry about the liquor-license applications. “It will still be able to do tastings if it chooses; it just cannot do full pours.”
“The new Liberty Township store does have a growler bar, so it made sense for us to move the license there.”
The 108,000-square-foot Liberty Township store, which opened in July 2006, underwent an extensive, nearly year-long renovation that was completed just last month. It now includes redesigned produce and deli sections, a revamped Starbucks, the Growler Bar in the new Beer and Wine department, and a Murray’s Cheese section.
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Kroger also added three new dining options: pizza, chicken and barbecue fare, while eliminating the store’s clothing department, a Honey Baked Ham Company kiosk and its selection of housewares.
The Kettering Fresh Fare store opened in 2009, and for several years, hosted weekly wine tastings, as well as occasional multi-course wine dinners in which each course was paired with specific wines.