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Neighbors oppose Lexington Kroger expansion

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)-As the vote for an expanded Kroger on Euclid draws near, a group is coming together to try and persuade the council to amend plans.

Yellow signs reading "Say no to Fort Kroger," are popping up in Chevy Chase and the woman behind them says more will go up over the coming days.

"We are a group of neighborhood activists who are concerned about the planned expansion of Kroger," explained Kate Savage, who lives around the corner on Columbia. "This is not a neighborhood store," she continued. "It's a big box store."

Savage says the "Fort Kroger" references a proposed wall that will run the length of a block. She says in addition to tripling the size of the store, the zone will have to go from B1 to a B6 P. She says thats going from a neighborhood store zone that all the other shops in Chevy Chase have to the zone Fayette Mall has. Savage also argues that with expanded merchandise in the store, other area businesses could be threatened.

"I believe--as do many of the others protesting this-- that this will have an adverse affect on the neighborhood shop keepers. We have a lot of mom and pop stores here who rely upon a niche market."

"I am hoping to see it expand," commented Ted Shatzski as he loaded groceries into the back of his car.

Like some regular shoppers there, he says it is time for the store to change.

"They could offer a greater diversity of things and I think the people who shop here would like to see that," he said.

But Savage maintains change isn't the issue for her.

"We like the idea of a new Kroger. We like the idea of a bigger Kroger. But the one they are planning with this bigger footprint is excessive."

The plans include an in-store restaurant, two floors of shopping and rooftop parking.

The council votes August 13th.

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