The Dean Road Kroger grocery store celebrated its re-grand opening following months of renovations.
The store expanded by 29,000 square feet, increasing the store's total square footage to nearly 80,000 square feet. The re-grand opening ceremony was Aug. 3, 2016.
John Moore, the store manager, said the Kroger will employ more than 180 associates and the expansion added an estimated 80 new jobs to the Auburn community.
The new renovations feature a new Starbucks kiosk, Nature Market, expanded beer and wine departments with a wine steward station and a floral shop.
The store will also feature sandwiches, bowls, wraps, hot chicken and barbecue stations, garden and sushi bars, a bistro with chef prepared hot and cold meals, an expanded deli, bakery, more frozen foods and more.
“It will provide a better shopping experience for our customers,” Moore said. “More variety and selection particularly in our perishable departments.”
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As part of a commitment to organizations that serve the community, the grocer presented $500 Kroger gift cards to the Food Bank of East Alabama and Auburn United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
Kroger also donated $500 to partner schools Auburn High School, Auburn Junior High School and Dean Road Elementary School.
“We are thrilled to provide our customers with many new amenities and lower prices that will enhance their shopping experience,” said Glynn Jenkins, the public relations director of Kroger.
Moore said they will continue to create the environment of a neighborhood store by participating in community events.
Kroger will be participating in the Special Olympic event called Cops on Top, the fall semester Welcome Week, Can Hunger and Beat Bama Food Drive and various donation drives with the Humane Society.
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