LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kroger plans to open its biggest store in Louisville in the former Kmart building at 4915 Dixie Highway, Kroger spokesman Tim McGurk said.


Pending government approvals, the store would be Kroger's first “marketplace” location in Louisville – a megastore that sells general merchandise like clothing, kitchen goods and housewares, McGurk said.


“It's a whole another level of non-food type products,” he said.


Kroger “marketplace” stores are about 125,000 square feet – whereas a typical new Kroger is only 80,000 to 90,000 square feet, McGurk said. The nearest Kroger marketplace is in Shelbyville, and there are two in Lexington, he said.


The marketplace stores also have a “much bigger variety” of fresh food in expanded meat, deli and produce sections, McGurk said. 


The new store would replace the smaller Kroger about a mile south on the other side of the street at 5244 Dixie Highway, McGurk said. That store is about 60,000 square feet, he said.


He said there is no timeline for the project, which will probably mean expanding the vacant Kmart building. Jefferson County PVA records list the building at 106,200 square feet.


The Kmart closed last May
, according to Louisville Business First.


A commercial real estate listing for spaces in surrounding strip center
buildings shows a “new big box user pending” in the former Kmart building and a gas station space closer to Dixie Highway. McGurk said the store would likely have a fuel station.


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