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MORAINE — Demolition has started on the Alex Bell Plaza in Moraine.
The shopping center at 2917 W. Alex-Bell Road was purchased by Kroger in 2014, and the company plans to build a new Kroger Marketplace about twice the size of the current store, according to a Moraine city official.
“The overall site work and new construction will likely start in the next month or two and will run throughout the year,” according to Moraine Economic Development Director Michael Davis.
The new site will be just north of the 57,000-square-foot existing structure, officials have said.
Moraine annexed part of the land at the site from Miami Twp. in 2016 as the plaza straddled jurisdictions. Later that year the city rezoned 6.53 acres at the plaza.
Kroger spokeswoman Erin Rolfes confirmed demolition at the shopping center is moving forward but declined to reveal any other details about the project.
“We constantly look at our stores to see what we’re going to do with them, whether we’re going to renovate or see what our options are for customers to continue to have that fresh experience,” Rolfes said.
Kroger Marketplace stores offer Kroger’s variety of food products but also expand into clothing, kitchen and small appliances, home office, toys and decor. Many of the Marketplaces also add food courts, wine bars, salad bars and Kroger pickup options.
The Cincinnati-based company has been expanding stores to offer Marketplaces in recent years. Fairborn’s Marketplace store opened beside its former store on Dayton Yellow Springs Road in August 2017 and the grocer recently remodeled its Huber Heights and Kettering locations.
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