August 17, 2017
Norfolk residents will soon get a Kroger Marketplace to shop for their groceries and other necessities.
According to city officials, the grocery store will be located on Military Highway - the site that used to be home to Kmart. There is no word on when construction will start or when the store will open.
Kroger's Marketplace stores were designed to rival both Wal-Mart and Target, and are generally two times the size of a typical grocery store. The Marketplace offers food, jewelry, furniture, housewares, toys, etc.
Kroger has Marketplaces in Suffolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, but this would be the first for Norfolk residents.
The Kmart, where the Kroger Marketplace will be located, closed in January. And, the 23-acre parcel was sold to KB Norview LLC for $10.2 million. According to state records, the company shared an address with Southeastern, a firm in Georgia, that is known for developing Kroger-anchored shopping centers.
Allison McGee, a Kroger spokeswoman, said the company still making plans for the Military Highway store. Although, Martin Thomas, a Norfolk councilman, said preliminary plans show a gas station to be built along with other stores.
City officials don't know when construction will start, as Kroger has slowed its store construction down.
The company announced in June that a Marketplace for Newport News was indefinitely delayed. McGee said Hampton would get a new Kroger store in the Riverdale Plaza shopping center.
Norfolk has a smaller Kroger at Wards Corner and is in competition of Harris Teeter and Farm Fresh. Talks have been ongoing about closing that particular Kroger location, but according to McGee, nothing has been decided.