Local contractors begin next phase of Midtown Kroger expansion

Local contractors begin next phase of Midtown Kroger expansion
Renderings show what the Midtown Kroger store will look like. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Renderings show what the Midtown Kroger store will look like. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Construction of the Kroger on Union Avenue is moving forward, while at the same time, putting several more people to work.

A demolition crew tore down Belvedere Tower on Union Avenue in June 2014. For nearly nine months, crews made room for a newly designed Midtown Kroger.

"Now we are finally in that phase where we can start working on the actual development of our new Kroger store," said Kroger Public Affairs Manager Teresa Dickerson.

The Memphis-based general contractor, Linkous Construction, will lead the project; it started the work on Feb. 19.

"We will be providing or working with Linkous to provide anywhere from 150 to 170 jobs locally," Dickerson said.

Drivers will still have to maneuver through traffic as the right, eastbound lane on Union Avenue will remain closed for several more weeks.

In the meantime, shoppers can pick up their groceries inside the existing store while construction is ongoing outside. There is no completion date set but officials say when it is finished, the store will be unlike any other Kroger in town.

In addition to growing almost twice as large, there will be more parking spaces and a emphasis on landscaping to soften its appearance.

"We have to work through the basement level construction and the prepping areas and new fixtures," said Dickerson. "It will definitely be very different but we're excited and we think that the people here will love it."

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