By Anna Skinner
Shoppers at the Ind. 32 and Carey Road Kroger now have access to Starbucks, Murray’s Cheese Shop, an expanded wine department, an expanded natural foods section and more. On Oct. 21, Kroger cut the ribbon to the new, expanded store.
The store remained open during the $6 million-expansion. The first 100 customers the day of the ribbon-cutting ceremony received a $20 gift card, and the first 500 customers received a reusable shopping bag.
Kroger and city staff attended the ceremony. The expansion created 60 additional jobs. Kroger staff and City Council Vice President Jim Ake spoke at the ceremony.
“We are very happy with Kroger to invest another $6 million into our community,” Ake said. “We are very pleased with the way they work with us, their civic pride and the way they give back to their community, so we are very happy to have them here today.”
In terms of giving back to the community, Kroger donated $1,000 to the Westfield Fire Dept. Last year, then-Chief Joe Lyons was shopping in the Kroger when a staff member had a heart attack and collapsed. Lyons and other firefighters resuscitated her. She still works for Kroger today.
Kroger also donated $1,000 to the Noblesville American Legion, and Ashley Knott, Parent-Teacher Organization president at Maple Glen Elementary School, presented on the community rewards program MGES is a part of. By signing up for a plus card through Kroger and the school, Kroger donates funds to MGES. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kroger donated an additional $4,733.12 to MGES, bringing the total funds raised through the Community Rewards Program to approximately $15,000 for the elementary school.
Kroger donated two faculty and staff lunches to Carey Ridge Elementary School and Westfield High School, and it donated a Kroger football jersey to WHS football head coach Jake Gilbert. Last year, WHS donated a football jersey to Kroger.
The ceremony also honored Mark Windsor for his 30 years of employment.
For more, visit Kroger.com.