The long-awaited Kroger Marketplace is scheduled to open in Rincon at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, offering shoppers a much larger store and new amenities including online grocery ordering and a Starbucks.
The 123,000-square-foot store replaces the old store, farther south on Ga. 21, which had 44,000 square feet.
The old store, set to close Tuesday night, had 120 employees and the new store has 300.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing a Marketplace to the Rincon community,” said store manager Tom Coburn. “The store will provide the products, amenities and lower prices our customers appreciate, and we look forward to serving this community for many years to come.”
The store includes a fuel center, which opened in December, and eventually will include an additional 12,600 square feet of retail space that is being built to the north of the new grocery store building. The strip shopping center will be divided into nine separate stores.
A Chick-fil-A will be constructed in front of the Kroger now that the grocery store is open and additional turn lanes and traffic light have been added, according to Rincon City Planner LaMeisha Kelly.
The new Kroger will feature an expanded deli, bakery and beer and wine departments, Baby World, apparel, household and home décor departments and Nature’s Market with vitamin shop.
The store will have a bistro with chef-prepared hot and cold meals and sandwich, bowls, wraps, hot chicken and barbecue stations.
The store has a covered area out front where shoppers will be able to pick up grocery orders that they place online. The ClickList service will launch in late June.
Rincon Mayor Ken Lee, a former Kroger store manager who retired after 36 years of service, was among the elected officials slated to be present for the grand opening.
As part of the celebration, Kroger will donate $500 to partner schools, including South Effingham High School, Effingham High School and Rincon Elementary School.
Kroger also will present a $500 gift card to Manna Ministries, a non-profit organization that helps feed others in need in the Rincon community.
Festivities were to include the unveiling of a mural by artist and illustrator, Letha Carrico-Wood. The mural depicts the history of Rincon and Effingham County. It features numerous historical references, including the iconic Whitley House and county courthouse, as well as the winding waterways of the Lowcountry.
Kroger’s Atlanta division introduced the first Marketplace store in Carrollton, Ga., in 2013, and currently operates six Marketplace stores, including locations in Athens, Carrollton, Gainesville, Rincon, Savannah and Warner Robins.
Kroger is the nation’s largest full-service grocery retailer, with 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia. It has 375,000 employees and $98.4 billion in annual sales. For more information, go to www.kroger.com