You think your Kroger is big and nice? Well, not for long: On July 16, the biggest Kroger store in Kentucky will open in Versailles, according to the company.
The store will have 133,000 square feet and will have more of everything than just about any other store. The Kroger Wine and Spirits Shoppe will have a drive-through. And the pharmacy will have two.
As a MarketPlace Kroger, it will offer expanded varieties of clothing, housewares, and bed and bath products.
There also will be more meat, more seafood, more organic fruits and vegetables, more natural foods, more produce, more sushi — you get the idea.
As with the Euclid Avenue store, which opened in Lexington earlier this year, the Versailles Kroger will have an expanded deli area, with lots of food choices, including made-to-order pizza, barbecue, chicken, an Asian hot bar, a Murray's cheese shop and a 60-seat café, Kroger spokesman Tim McGurk said.
An in-store Starbucks and a cupcake bar also are expected to be included, as is a Little Clinic for health needs.
The number of employees will nearly double: It's creating 175 new jobs in Versailles in addition to the existing 200, according to Kroger officials.
And taking another page from the Euclid Avenue playbook, both the Versailles and the new Georgetown Kroger stores will boast murals by local Kentucky artists, via LexArts. The deadline for artists to submit proposals to LexArts is May 29.