FAIRBORN — The Kroger store in Fairborn officially opened its doors Aug. 10, offering additional products, store sections, square footage and jobs to the area.
“From the day it was announced that they were going to put it in, we’ve really been looking forward to the opening of the new store,” Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick said. “It’s significantly larger than the past store and offers a lot of products and service the previous store could not. The entire City of Fairborn is really looking forward to this.”
The new store, located just next door to the former Kroger, nearly doubled in size — growing from 69,000 square feet to 130,000 square feet and is now the largest Kroger store in the Miami Valley. As a result, Kroger approximately doubled the amount of jobs opportunities in the area, adding approximately 150 positions and employing a total of 350 individuals.
“This is a great opportunity for our residents, our region,” Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson said. “It’s a great day.”
The former Kroger opened in June 1999; the new walls started going up July 5, 2016 with Oberer Companies serving as the project’s developer. Oberer Companies President/Partner Chris Conley said the company will now focus on expanding the gas station and highlighted that it is in the early talking stages of developing the former facility into a new retailer. Conley added that Oberer also plans to continue developing the land surrounding Kroger.
“We’re trying to take care of our customers — that’s the bottom line,” Kroger Store Manager Brent Greene said at a previous event. “It’s the community’s Kroger.”
In addition to its previous offerings, the new Kroger store offers a wine and beer tasting bar, bistro with hot food items, apparel, a Little Clinic, expanded Pharmacy with drive-through window and ClickList by the end of the month, among others.
The ribbon cutting ceremony, which began 8 a.m., offered Kroger the opportunity to publicly present checks to local organizations. It donated $63,566 to the USO of Central and Southern Ohio, $30,000 to the Foodbank of Dayton and $15,000 to the United Rehabilitation Services in addition to the Fairborn High School Marching Band and Bellbrook High School JROTC.