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Kroger on Euclid Avenue to open Jan. 22

The new Kroger store will face Euclid Avenue, like the previous store on the same spot. Inside, however, the layout will be different.
The new Kroger store will face Euclid Avenue, like the previous store on the same spot. Inside, however, the layout will be different. Herald-Leader

Let the stampede begin: Kroger on Euclid Avenue will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 22, the company announced Tuesday.

The store, which has been closed since March, will open with a snip of the ribbon from University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari.

"The Euclid Kroger is part of the UK community and neighborhood, so we are honored that Coach Calipari is willing to cut the ribbon for us," Kroger spokesman Tim McGurk said.

The 86,000-square-foot store is unlike any other Kroger in the nation, with a rooftop parking lot that will hold 125 cars, a heated ramp to prevent icing, elevators to take shoppers to and from the parking deck, below-ground food prep and storage areas, and windows around much of the perimeter.

Kroger officials also hope to have the nearby wine and spirits shop open on Jan. 22 as well, but that will depend on whether the state license comes in time, McGurk said Tuesday.

The new grocery store also will feature custom murals created by local Lexington artists, and a café area with wi-fi and big-screen TVs.

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