Kroger unveils improvements at Washington Road store
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Kroger on Wednesday held a grand reopening ceremony for the newly renovated store at 2801 Washington Road.
The renovations represent a capital investment of more than $1.1 million and include new artisan bread tables, a new olive bar, new refrigerated cake cases, a new dairy island, a new olive bar and two new belted self-checkout lanes.
There’s also a new Murray’s Cheese self-service kiosk.
As part of the grand reopening, Kroger honored its community partner schools, Westside High School, Tutt Middle School and A. Brian Merry Elementary School, as well as the store’s food rescue partner, the Golden Harvest Food Bank.
Augusta Commission member Francine Scott was there.
“It means they care. They are not just collecting the money, but they really care about what is going on in the community,” said Scott.
Tammie Young-Ennaemba, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger’s Atlanta Division, said: “As America’s grocer, we recognize Kroger’s unique role in the communities we serve. As an employer, food processor, retailer, healthcare provider and more, we have a responsibility to create positive change and deliver on our purpose to feed the human spirit.”
The renovations are among several developments for the region’s supermarkets:
- A new Kroger Marketplace will open in spring near Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Gordon Highway.
- Meanwhile, ground was broken a few days ago on a new FreshTake supermarket on Washington Road.
- A new Publix is coming to Aiken.
- Aldi is buying some Harveys and Winn-Dixie supermarkets in the region.
On a smaller scale, Parker’s Kitchen is opening several convenience stores in the Augusta area, with some neighborhoods welcoming it and others showing surprisingly well-organized opposition.
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