By CHARLES PULLIAMThe Kroger expansion project at Alexander Plaza in Franklin is in full swing to get the new location open by early next year. Construction crews are working with a large portion parking in the plaza closed off by fencing. The Kroger expansion project at Alexander Plaza in Franklin is in full swing to get the new location open by early next year. Construction crews are working with a large portion parking in the plaza closed off by fencing.
Kroger, which currently is located in Williamson Square off Highway 96, began the transition to the square at the corner of Highway 96 and Royal Oaks Boulevard last year. Other stores are moving to different locations within the plaza, while the Harpeth Antique Mall closed its doors last April.
Kroger spokeswoman Melissa Eads said the new expanded store will add a drive thru pharmacy, fuel center, clinic and bistro. The Goodwill and Dollar General are two stores in the plaza that are preparing for moves as well to make space for the new Kroger.
“They will be moving to the right side of the center sometime this spring,” Eads said.
The new location will offer about 83,000 square feet of retail space, more than 20,000 square feet more than at the current location. Eads said including the storage and dock space, the new location will include about 87,000 square feet.
Eads did not share details on the financial impact of the move, but did say it was a “multi-million dollar” transition. The Williamson Square location will be available for lease, she added.
Goodwill is planning on scooting to the east in the plaza. Goodwill public relations and communications manager Jamie Berry said the store, currently located at the far west end of the store, is planning to move into the old Big Lots location in April or May.
“The customers won’t see a huge difference,” Berry said, noting the size of the new store will be comparable. “The way it is planned now, we will not be closed either. We will close one night and transfer everything over in the night and re-open the next morning in the new location.”
A closing sale is planned in the weeks leading up to the move to help with inventory, Berry added. The store will also maintain it’s drive through donation drop-off, only it will be located on the Royal Oaks Boulevard side of the plaza.