Kroger begins $5 million in store renovations

Kroger begins $5 million in store renovations

(WMC-TV) - It is going to be the biggest private company renovation in Whitehaven since Graceland was remodeled. This time, it is Kroger making the changes. Changes to the tune of $5 million.

In just a few months, the Kroger store at Shelby Drive and Elvis Presley Boulevard will look very different.

While Kroger employees were busy inside, a number of Kroger executives were outside the store announcing the good news Thursday morning.

"We're pleased to announce the start of a $5 million remodeling," said Tim Brown, Kroger.

City leaders describe the project as the biggest private company remodeling of a Whitehaven building in decades.

"This is about the resurgence of a once great community," said Memphis City Councilman Harold Collins. "Now, we will become greater."

Artist renderings of the new story show wider isles and more variety. Everything from the deli, to the bakery, to the produce section will be bigger.

Longtime residents are excited.

"And I'm just so happy to see Whitehaven making a comeback and having the public officials and the community activists to want to take the kind of role they've taken to bring the community back to its heyday," said resident Bret Thompson.

Transforming the store is expected to take several months. Officials hope to have the remodeling done by Christmas.

Some of the work has already begun. The floors are already being refinished.

Renovations at the Shelby Drive store are part of $50 million the company is putting into several of its Mid-South locations.

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