Euclid Kroger expanding, adding rooftop parking

By Amelia Orwick| @KyKernel

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The Kroger on Euclid Avenue can expect a makeover starting in spring 2014, Kroger officials have announced.

The store will be demolished and replaced with a new, one-of-a-kind store, expected to open in fall 2014.

Rooftop parking and elevators are among the amenities that the Kroger will offer its customers.

“Our Kroger team understands that this is a special location and it deserves a unique design to complement the neighborhood,” said Kroger Real Estate Manager Danny Lethco in a Kroger news release.

“After many months of study, we have developed a plan that we think best meet the needs of our Euclid Avenue customers.”

According to the release, the Kroger will include specialty departments, such as a sushi bar, a fresh seafood department and a specialty cheese shop. Additionally, more space will be below ground for

food preparation, employee breaks and storage.

Kroger officials were unavailable for comment last week and over the weekend.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the new store will face PNC bank, and is expected to cost about $15 million. The current store faces Euclid.

During construction, Kroger plans to make an off-site pharmacy available to customers, according to the news release.

“It is very rare for Kroger to close a store during a remodel or store replacement but the end result will be a new state-of-the-art store that will meet the needs of our customers for decades to come,” Lethco said.

Students in the area have expressed excitement since the announcement.

“The setup for the new store sounds really cool. I only wish they had opened it sooner,” said Adam Bonner, an economics and marketing junior, referring to the fact that he will graduate before construction is completed.