Efforts by Kroger to keep a neighborhood pharmacy open while the Euclid Avenue store is demolished and rebuilt have fallen through.
All customer records for the Euclid Avenue pharmacy will be transferred to the Kroger store on Chinoe Road after the Euclid store closes at 6 p.m. March 15 — although prescriptions can be refilled at any Kroger pharmacy, said Tim McGurk, Kroger's spokesman for the Mid-South.
Prescriptions also may be transferred to a competing pharmacy.
"We had every intention of putting a temporary pharmacy on site, but based on feedback from facility engineers on the amount of construction traffic, and the fact that we have not reached agreement with the owners of the video rental place for their property, we don't have a good option," McGurk said.
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The rebuilt store, which Cincinnati-based Kroger says it hopes to open by the end of the year, will have a drive-through pharmacy, he said.
"We're doing our best to minimize the obvious inconvenience that comes with this construction. At the end of the day, the new facility is truly going to be amazing.
"It will be worth it in the end for customers and employees," McGurk said.
The larger store — which will expand to 86,000 square feet from 38,000 square feet — will have more products and services and better parking, including on the roof, McGurk said.
"We have 80,000 items now," McGurk said. "The new store will have 130,000 items."
That's slightly less than the so-called Kroger Marketplace stores because the Euclid store won't have furniture or bed and bath linens. (Kroger's Central Kentucky Marketplace stores are on Richmond Road and Beaumont Circle in Lexington and in Richmond and Georgetown.)
In the meantime, Kroger will run a daily free shuttle to the Chinoe Road store for Euclid Avenue store customers, who include many college students and older neighborhood residents, he said.
In cooperation with Lextran, which will allow Kroger to use two of its bus stops, the shuttle will pick up at the Euclid "piggie bank" stop and stop in front of the Singletary Center for the Arts at Euclid and Rose Street.
The first run is scheduled to begin at noon March 16, and the shuttle will run every hour until 7 p.m. The last drop-off will be at 8 p.m., McGurk said. The shuttle will operate on that schedule every day.
The private buses will have Kroger Chinoe shuttle logos on the buses. McGurk said Kroger will adjust the shuttle runs as needed.