Midtown Kroger construction will stretch into Fall 2016 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Midtown Kroger construction will stretch into Fall 2016

Kroger blames soil problems and bad weather for construction delays. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Kroger blames soil problems and bad weather for construction delays. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Construction of the new Midtown Kroger will take another year and a lane of busy Union Avenue may stay closed until next June, the grocery chain confirmed.

The company now projects a grand opening in Fall 2016, according to Kroger PR manager Teresa Dickerson.

Crews blocked off an eastbound lane and the sidewalk in February to begin work on the foundation and basement level of the store. Construction continues behind a screened fence, but work is still well below street level.

“For the safety of our Memphis residents, we will need to secure the Union lane until the building and site work is complete,” Dickerson said.

“This process may take until June 2016. However, we will continue to analyze other alternatives to shift the traffic back to normal as soon as possible,” she added.

City engineers are aware of the closure and said there is no additional fee for each day a construction contractor blocks a lane of traffic.  Crews are only required to reopen the road in the same condition it was before the work, according to Jack Stevenson with the city’s Engineering Division.

During early stages of the project, Kroger indicated the new store would be open by early 2015. Dickerson said the weather and problems with soil at the site have caused delays.

The new store will be nearly twice as large as the current building, offering improved selections and amenities. 

The current store, which is more than 50 years old, is set to close in the months leading up to the opening of the new Kroger. However an exact time line has not been announced.

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