Arlington officials look at alternative options after Kroger put on hold

ARLINGTON, TN (WMC) - For shoppers looking to pick up some fresh produce or snag a few steaks from Kroger in Arlington, they will have to wait just a little longer. Almost a year after plans were announced for a new Kroger in Arlington, Kroger has put the project on hold.

For now, it's not even clear if the doors to the planned Kroger in Arlington will open.

In February of last year, Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman tweeted out renderings of what the town's new Kroger marketplace would look like. But now, more than a year later, the Kroger site is nothing but a parking lot.

"The town has been expecting supposedly the biggest Kroger in the Mid-South," Wissman said.

Kroger said the project has been "delayed until further notice."

The company released a statement that said they were still "optimistic" about the project, but it has been delayed.

"Nationally, The Kroger Company has reduced new store developments. Those capital expenditures are now focused on the customer experience plus, digital and technology initiatives. We are optimistic about the future of our new Arlington Marketplace Store. However, at this time, the project has been delayed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. Kroger will continue operating its current store in Arlington and we will provide updates to Arlington City officials regarding the progress of a future Marketplace Store."

Wissman said right now the city is weighing its options and looking at alternatives that would result in a retail store still going into the plaza.

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