By Alyssa Schnugg
Renovations and the expansion of the Oxford Kroger should begin within the next few weeks, according to the Kroger Delta Division.
“We are so excited about the expansion,” said Kroger spokesperson Teresa Dickerson.
In November 2018, the Kroger Delta Division officially announced its plans to upgrade the Oxford store that will double in size. However, in a press release, Kroger said construction was set to begin in February 2019.
While no reason was offered as to the cause of the delay, Dickerson confirmed that the renovation is set to begin “this summer.”
Once the expansion is complete, the store on University Avenue will grow from 57,857 square feet to 109,448 square feet.
The newly modeled store will have a Starbucks and a sushi station. Grocery pick-up, formerly known as ClickList, will be included as well as a double drive-thru for the pharmacy.
Each department will be expanded and significant changes will be made to the store’s floral department and the deli/bakery areas.
The fueling center, located at the southwest corner of the site, will be expanded to include four new pumps (eight new fueling positions). In addition, the easternmost driveway is proposed to be relocated approximately 130 feet to the east to coincide with existing Booker Road.
A new traffic signal is planned for the intersection of Booker Road and the relocated driveway.
The now-empty strip mall next to the existing grocery store will be demolished and construction will begin on the expansion.