Kroger Market place store concerns Fishers Town Council

Map of area to be affected by new Kroger Marketplace store

Map of area to be affected by new Kroger Marketplace store

By Ann Craig-Cinnamon 

The Fishers Town Council last week got its first look at the Kroger Co.s plan for its store at 116th Street and Olio Road and several Council members made it clear that they didn’t like the vision.

Kroger wants to annex land near its current store on which to build a Kroger Marketplace store. At 123,000 square feet, the new store would be roughly double the size of the current one, which would then be demolished to make way for parking. It’s a $20-million dollar investment by Kroger that is expected to create as many as 200 more jobs. The concept of the Marketplace stores, of which there are already two in Fort Wayne, is to provide customers with a one-stop shopping option. Besides the usual grocery and pharmacy, the Marketplace store offers everything from furniture to electronics.

Several council members expressed concern that the plan is contrary to the original intent of the development of the area. The size of the planned store is much larger than current zoning will allow. One council member expressed the desire to not give the petition a first reading in order to send a message to the developers who were not present at the council meeting. Several members, including council President John Weingardt, said they were not inclined, at this juncture, to go along with the plan which has a long way to go before becoming reality.

Also at the meeting, the head of the Department of Public Works petitioned for an extra day of pay for workers who have had to put in so much overtime to deal with all the snow that has fallen this winter. On many days, snow crews worked non-stop to keep the roads cleared. Not only did the council approve the extra pay, but it gave the DPW a round of applause for the work the department has done during this almost record-breaking winter.

Read more: Big plans for Fishers Kroger at 116th St. and Olio Rd.

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