American grocery chain Kroger is building a new super-sized grocery center in Plano.
The company has officially kicked off construction on a more than 120,000-square-foot Marketplace store designed to serve as the chain’s premier design concept.
The new Kroger Marketplace, which will replace an existing store nearby, will sit on a 50-acre site on the southwest corner of State Highway 121 and Coit Road in Plano. The existing store, located at 9700 Coit Rd., will be replaced in late 2024, according to Kroger.
Irving-based Ridgemont Commercial Construction is developing the project. According to design plans, the new Marketplace building will be larger than the existing grocery store by about 55,000 square feet.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday to celebrate the future store. The event was attended by Kroger officials, Plano Mayor John Muns, and Ridgemont Commercial Construction CEO Bob O’Brien, among others.
“We first opened our store on Coit Road in Plano in 2005, and nearly 20 years later we look forward to welcoming the community to our new and improved Marketplace store across the street,” said Kroger Dallas Division President Keith Shoemaker, per Community Impact. “Our new Marketplace store in Plano will feature the very best that Kroger has to offer.”
Kroger’s new full-service grocery store will feature an expanded product line, a Murray’s Cheese counter, a Starbucks kiosk, a pharmacy, and 18 gasoline pumps. The project is expected to generate between 100 and 150 new jobs upon completion sometime in late 2024.
Plano and other parts of North Texas have become beacons of business growth and real estate development in recent years, outshining Dallas and its cumbersome and delay-prone permitting process.
“Kroger is making an investment that will continue to benefit the City of Plano for many years to come and will provide an opportunity for new jobs and economic growth,” said Shoemaker, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The Dallas Express reached out to Kroger and Ridgemont Commercial Construction for more information on the forthcoming Marketplace but had not heard back by press time.