Kroger to replace Kmart at 9 Mile and Harper – C&G Newspapers

This Kmart retailer on 9 Mile Highway and Harper Avenue will probably be knocked down to make manner for a brand new Kroger within the subsequent couple of years, in accordance to a web site plan submitted by Kroger to the St. Clair Shores Metropolis Council.

Posted September 11, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A effectively-identified nook of town will get a makeover and an up-to-date grocery purchasing vacation spot within the subsequent few years.

In accordance to representatives from Kroger Actual Property, the grocery retailer will probably be taking up the property at the nook of 9 Mile Highway and Harper Avenue, which is presently a Kmart, demolishing the constructing and bringing in a 103,000 sq.-foot Kroger retailer with Clicklist, a drive-via pharmacy and out of doors café space.

Mike McPherson, with civil marketing consultant Atwell, advised Metropolis Council that the Kroger will face the identical path because the Kmart presently does, and it is going to be a prototype constructing that has not but been constructed within the space.

“It’ll be very good,” he stated at the Sept. 5 Metropolis Council assembly. “We expect it’s truly a contemporary-trying constructing. The town will probably be one of many first ones within the space to get one like this.”

Tom Ross, with Kroger Actual Property, stated that though Kroger owns the present constructing on 9 Mile Highway at 9-Mack Drive, leasing the property at 9 Mile and Harper will give them more room to construct a much bigger retailer.

“It’s a possibility to broaden,” he stated. 

However, he added, they hope that the 9-Mack Drive retailer is not going to keep vacant very lengthy.

“We'd management the destiny of the constructing that we presently personal,” he stated. 

In response to a priority from Councilman Peter Rubino, Ross stated that, sadly, the Kroger retailer that previously occupied the nook of 13 Mile Highway and Harper Avenue was a lease in a constructing that Kroger didn't personal. Ross stated they've been working with the owner to get out of the lease early or to sublease the constructing, however haven't been profitable.

“We aren't holding it off the market,” he confused. “We're motivated to get that area both launched or subleased. 

“With our present area that we personal (on 9 Mile Highway), now we have a plan in place for that,” he stated. 

Councilman John Caron stated that, trying at the plan, which incorporates inexperienced areas within the parking zone, he thinks it is going to be a “nice enchancment for that complete nook.”

“That Kmart retailer’s been a fixture within the metropolis,” he added. “A bit unhappy to see it go, however glad you guys are bringing in a brand new, large, fashionable constructing.”

Ross stated they don’t know when Kmart will probably be closing its doorways, but it surely takes a little bit over a yr to construct a retailer, and they hope to have the brand new Kroger open in 2019.

Concerning the creator

Employees Author Kristyne E. Demske covers St. Clair Shores and the Lake Shore, Lakeview and South Lake public faculties for the Sentinel. Kristyne has labored for C & G Newspapers since 2004 and attended Michigan State College and Chippewa Valley Excessive College.

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Kroger to replace Kmart at 9 Mile and Harper - C&G Newspapers