Trader Joes is in PTC

...well at least the Lil Kroger has 2buck Chuck for $2.47 w/ your card, if you didn't throw it away.
Maybe, it's things to come.

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Submitted by Yo on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 7:44am.

Kroger has a whole foods division.. it's called "fresh Fare".
I drive to Buckhead to go to whole foods...hell yeah

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 6:53am.

What Kroger could do in order to rehab their image - and make a lot of money in PTC is to tweak their format in the Baby Kroger to create their own version of Trader Joes or Whole Foods. It is the perfect size - all they need to do is start carrying things like two buck Chuck and the like and bingo - we have our own specialty store. Sounds like they made a good start. Perfect for PTC!

Back to my old picture, so I can say "I don't have a dog in this fight" with real feelings.

Submitted by bladderq on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 8:31pm.

They are really being unfairly being Dis'd. They bought a small presence competitor. They were obligated to the lease in the buy agreement. H-T had spent a ton on that location since they ripped it apart down to redoing the floor. They obviously planned on being there for a long time and signed an appropriate lease to re-cap their investment.
The sq/ft of this location does not meet what Kroger has or builds. My guess many years ago they closed many of the same sized stores to move on to their modern business plan.
If any of you had worked for a large scale retailer you would know how down to everything the almighty plan-o-gram is the end all to be all.
They don't "Do" specialty stores. They do big stores like at Kedron w/ gas pumps. PTC is probably lucky they spent a million remodeling the Braelin store.
Maybe a "patel" will be interested in it.... if Kroger wants to sublet.
You suburban "republicans" crack me up. I can hardly wait to see how ya'll cuddle up to Rudi. You've already turned on our own local "savior" Eric. Dunn & Wells weren't that bad. OR Steve.

Submitted by winer on Fri, 09/28/2007 - 10:25am.

Kroger was not unfairly being Dis'd. bladderq, you used information to support that claim and it is flat out wrong. Kroger is not obligated to the lease. Kroger renewed the lease, that was totally their option. Kroger's lease is renewable every 5 years, at their option ONLY, not the owners. The owner has agreed to let them out of their lease ASAP. There is interest in buying that property but only if Kroger drops the lease so another anchor store can be brought in there. Kroger has refused the offer to get out of the lease. Kroger is there because Kroger wants control over that storefront. The lease allows them to control what other businesses are allowed to occupy all of the storefronts in that shopping center. Kroger will not allow a deli or a bakery to compete with Little Kroger (or their other locations).

There does seem to be a renewed effort towards the store. They are cleaning up alot of the cobwebs and debris. Maybe they'll stay and operate a hybrid of a typical Kroger or it's offshoot, Fresh Fare. Time will tell.

In the meantime, check their website for the info on Fresh Fare. It is a specialty store, they have 20 in California that were created after the Ralph's buyout and 5 in Michigan and more in Ohio. Fresh Fare was created by Kroger to compete with the Whole Foods/ Trader Joes. After a bit of web searching I found some beautiful photos of a Fresh Fare Kroger "re-opening". It would be great to have something like that in the middle of Peachtree City - a real asset to the community here.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 7:31pm.

2 Buck Chuck in PTC? Cool!

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