It was also obvious that the family, the "Kroger family" employees,
have a real affection for not only each other, but for their
supervisors and managers as well.
The occasion was the grand reopening of the newly remodeled
Kroger store at 1475 Woodlawn Road.
Changes and improvements to the store carried a cost of almost
$1.3 million. According to Kroger officials, the money has been well
spent. Bob Moeder, president of Kroger's Central Marketing Area,
stated: "The Illinois grocery and pharmacy market is very
competitive, but also very important for the Kroger Company. We are
making this significant economic and work force investment in our
Lincoln, Ill., store because we are succeeding in this market."
Moeder went on to say: "As this community grows, we are
responding to our customers. The changes to this store reflect
exactly what our customers told us they want us to provide for them,
and we welcome the opportunity to better serve them."
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Moeder also stated that Kroger is working hard to be supportive
partners in the neighborhoods and communities they serve. To put an
exclamation point on that statement, Kroger officials presented
checks of $250 each to the local Boy Scouts of America and the Girl
Scouts of Central Illinois organizations. They also presented a
check for $500 to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) Association and a
$1,000 check to the Abe Lincoln Disabled Children's Fund.
John Elliot, Kroger manager of community relations for the
Central Division, advised that the store will maintain coin boxes at
the registers. Shoppers will be able to drop their lose change into
them, with the collections going to local and worthy causes.
Improvements to the new 20,246-square-foot store include an
enhanced deli bakery, expanded Nature's Market, new lighting and
cases in the produce department, a reorganized floral department, an
expanded frozen foods section, and a pharmacy accessible from inside
or outside. From the outdoors there is a walk-up pharmacy window
with a canopy.
[Kroger news release; LDN]