The festivities included free giveaways to the first 250 customers and a ribbon cutting with Kroger executives along with Bartonville and Lantana elected officials.
With 124,000 square feet of space, Kroger offers a selection of fresh foods coupled with apparel and shoes, furnishings, home goods, office and computer supplies, small appliances, jewelry, and a pharmacy.
As the 10th Kroger Marketplace in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, the location features a full line of apparel for ages newborn to 99, housewares, Murray’s Cheese Shop with 175 different varieties of cheese, Fred Meyer Jewelers offering everything from gifts to engagement rings, a sushi bar complete with seating for patrons to sit and watch it being made to order, a delicatessen and bistro with expanded salad and soup offerings, a Starbucks, a natural foods section with a wide assortment of organic products and, well, the list goes on.
If beer is your thing, the store carries more than 500 options with a variety of craft, micro-brew, import, bombers, seasonal and specialty brands. Shoppers can create a custom six-pack by picking their favorite beers as part of the Take Home Six program.
There are more than 60 shopping aisles and over 20 check-out lanes. The perimeter of the store is one-quarter of a mile.
Kroger officials donated a $1,000 gift card to Argyle-based Ranch Hand Rescue at the grand opening celebration. Ranch Hand Rescue works with state and local authorities to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farm animals.
Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer, who held his first job as a teenager at Kroger, said the Kroger is a welcome new addition to the town.
“Kroger has been nothing but a fantastic partner to our town,” said Scherer. “We are very excited to have you guys here.”
“Our store motto is “Prestigious,” defined as earning respect and admiration. This is the attitude that our store will carry,” said Gaitlin. “Our goal is that you have the freshest product, but most important that you have the friendliest associates checking you out and taking care of you.”
Other businesses joining Kroger at the shopping center include The Tutoring Center, SuperCuts, Lantana Spa and Nails, Domino’s, Terry’s Donuts, Dickey’s BBQ, Tokyo Samurai and Hibachi, an optometrist, a pediatric dentist and a general dentist.
Kroger Marketplace is open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. and is located at 3400 FM 407 E. in Bartonville.