The project will add about 22,000 square feet to the existing store, increasing its size to close to 88,000 square feet. The store will grow in the direction of Riverbend Drive, taking a breezeway and the former headquarters of Ledbetter Properties.
The project is expected to take roughly 12 months once construction begins.
“While more new jobs are expected to be created by this renovation, the number is unknown at this time,” Kroger Director of Communications Glynn Jenkins said.
The Rome store opened in 2003, moving across Turner McCall Boulevard from its former site on Hicks Drive. Before that, Kroger was located where the CVS Pharmacy now sits at Turner McCall and East First Street.
“The multimillion dollar investment will include new décor, upscale elements in service departments, and other amenities for a great, one-stop shopping experience,” said Jenkins. “Upgrades throughout the store will cater to the customer’s shopping needs.”
The spokesman for the grocery chain said Kroger continues to remodel stores to suit the unique needs of each market.
“With Rome’s changing population we want to renovate the Turner McCall Boulevard location so that we deliver the products, amenities and lower prices our customers appreciate,” Jenkins said. “Every Kroger store is an extension of the people who live, work and play in the neighborhood around it.”
Jenkins said the multi-million dollar project demonstrates Kroger’s continued commitment to Rome.