“Hiring will be done in stages as phases of the remodeling are completed,” said Glynn Jenkins, Kroger director of communications and public relations. “More available positions are anticipated in late spring and summer.”
Phase two of the renovation is expected to be completed in June.
Residents who are interested in positions at the Carrollton store, or any Kroger store, can apply online at www.kroger.com. The applicant should scroll to bottom and click on “Careers” in the “Company Information” section, where applicants will find a link, “Apply for Store Opportunities.”
The Kroger store renovation project marked another milestone on Feb. 13 when the drive-through pharmacy windows opened to the public. Store management and pharmacy employees held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
“This is the first double drive-through Kroger pharmacy in the Southeast,” said pharmacy Manager Vicki Cowart.
The pharmacy window hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Work on the fuel center will begin on March 11 and is due to be completed around May 20, according to Randy Thurman, Kroger unit manager.
Thurman said store customers will earn gasoline discounts from grocery purchases.
“One hundred dollars in purchases will earn 10 cents off each gallon of gas,” Thurman said. “With $1,000 grocery purchases, you get $1 off per gallon.”
The renovation construction began last June. When the entire rebuilding is completed this fall, the new Marketplace Kroger store will have nearly tripled in size, from 45,000 to 124,000 square feet.
In early January, the old store area was closed and all the merchandise was moved to a newly constructed area on the left, facing the storefront, and customers began using a new entrance. The merchandise was moved over an 11-day period, a few shelves at a time.
“We’re trying to inconvenience our customers as little as possible,” Thurman said. “Kroger doesn’t like to shut doors and we intend to keep the store operating through the transition.”
The original store area has been fenced off and all the insides have been demolished except for the support beams and roof. The finishing of this rebuilding in June will complete phase two.
At the completion of phase two, grocery items will be moved back into the original store area. The new structure on the left will then house a Fred Meyer Jewelry store, a restaurant, a Little Clinic, a furniture shop, a clothing shop, Starbucks Coffee shop, Murray Cheese, additional checkout lanes, expanded natural foods section and a deli-bake.
The third and final phase of construction will include the back area and on the right side of the current building, up to the tobacco shop. This final phase is expected to be completed by October.
“It will be about 98 percent complete in August,” Thurman said. “We’re trying to have the full store open by back-to-school time, which is a big deal for our store.”
Kroger has been in Carrollton for almost 40 years. Its first store opened in the mid-1970s on Bankhead Highway near Lake Carroll. The store moved to its current location on Highway 27 South in the Crossroads Shopping Center in 1987. Thurman said Kroger likes its location and is committed to the area.
“Some of our associates have been with us more than 30 years and 20 of our managers live within six miles of our store,” he said. “We want to be part of the community.”
Kroger was started in 1883 by Barney Kroger in downtown Cincinnatti, Ohio, with his life savings of $372. Today, Kroger has 2,435 stores in 31 states, employing about 339,000 people, with an annual sales of more than $90 billion, according to the company website.