Group working to fill ‘baby’ Kroger spot

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 2:50pm
By: John Munford

The Peachtree City Development Authority is working to find a suitable tenant to fill the former “baby” Kroger location at the Peachtree Crossing shopping center.

The volunteer board is working with “all stakeholders” on the matter which includes not only the shopping center owner but also the Kroger Company, which holds a long-term lease on the facility, said Chairman Todd Strickland.

It is not a certainty, however, that any new company would sub-let from Kroger, Strickland added.

Much of the DAPC’s work has been handled by DAPC member Mark Hollums, who has background in real estate and retail issues and has been able to overcome a number of hurdles in the process already, Strickland said.

Strickland said it was “too soon to say” what type of entity might relocate at the facility, but he felt all the stakeholders are working towards resolving the issue. The time frame, at this point, is not clear either, he added.

“There are a lot of moving pieces on this,” Strickland said.

While the former Kroger store might have been one of Kroger’s smallest lowest-performing stores, some residents felt it fit a niche for them. But in the fabric of any shopping center, anchor stores such as Kroger plays a very important role: bringing in customers that might also shop at the smaller stores.

Kroger’s closing has played out on a level unfamiliar to the city, leaving it without a grocery store in the Glenloch Village. As market forces have taken over the city’s development, the city may end up with a second grocer instead in the Wilksmoor (West) Village as a developer intends to put an as yet unnamed grocery store near Planterra Way and Ga. Highway 54 West, which is already served by the Walmart Superstore.

Kroger acquired the property several years ago when it bought the Harris Teeter chain, which was occupying the space at the time. Previously the grocer there was Big Star, which was the first large-scale grocer to open in Peachtree City.

Kroger’s hold on the lease does not bode well for the potential of another grocer taking its place at Peachtree Crossing, as large corporations have historically wielded those leases to prevent competing stores from moving in.

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Submitted by zzz on Thu, 04/16/2009 - 8:49pm.

We would all like to see a WHOLE FOODS or a TRADER JOE'S where baby kroger was. The health concious residents of PTC need a store like this so we don't have to drive an hour up north!

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Submitted by Gene61 on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 11:39pm.

Had a decedt store there ( when it first arrived ) until everyone saw that the old baby kroger was nothing more than a teenager hang out...It was so nice to see kids fighting, cussing or drinking with the music thumping, that surely helped the business grow, NOT....

Misfit Kroger is what we called it, cause the idiots that worked there were laughable.

Now lets how long the space remains empty.

Submitted by jdoe41 on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 2:54pm.

How about a nudy bar?

Submitted by Dondol on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 2:57pm.

And then we can go and have a T-Bone steak dinner for $6.95.

Obama's weapon of Choice!

Submitted by HoochieWagon on Sat, 04/11/2009 - 10:54am.

Trader Joe's or Whole Foods! Then we don't have to spend all of our money north of Atlanta!

Submitted by jsmith on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 11:47am.

Go here to request a Whole Foods Store!

Submitted by mysteryman on Fri, 04/10/2009 - 5:54pm.

Or make it a community outreach center, heck as soon as MARTA, starts rolling through town, might as well make it a homeless shelter, it already has a deli, so that could serve as a soup kitchen, since Fayetteville is getting the Goodwill center, its only fitting that P.T.C share the wealth and put in on the effort...BLESS

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Fri, 04/10/2009 - 5:40pm.

All of the other vacant store fronts that litter this city? Crosstown is a virtual ghost town. This city is so darn picky about who opens a shop. You would think that with the money problems that the city has they would be more lenient. But no.... Just think that making the signage bigger and nastier will be a help. Fools! All of them!

Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 04/10/2009 - 9:31pm.

is much fuller than you think...% has two Anchor stores....with the remodeling that is supposedly online, hopefully it will get better.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Sat, 04/11/2009 - 3:23pm.

I was walking door to door about 6 weeks ago and I was completely amazed at the emptiness of it. There are still many storefronts that can be filled with prosperous and much needed stores. The anchor stores are nice but they can be gone in a flash just like the Kroger. It really looks kinda "depressed" comparing it to they way it did look.

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