If they could have, the Athens Clarke County Commission would have blown kisses at the officials from Kroger who arrived toward the end of the Tuesday night Commission meeting. As it was, they simply thanked them for choosing to build a grocery store on 22 acres near Athens Tech and then approved the proposal.
When the Kroger is finished in the summer of 2014, it will be the first from-the-ground-up, state-of-the-art Kroger grocery in Georgia. So says Arahn Hawkins, real estate manager for Kroger.
What does state-of-the-art mean for Kroger?
Hawkins says it means more of everything: more baby products. More fish. More kinds of coffee. A bigger offering of organic food, organic produce, organic packaged food, organic baby food, milk, frozen food. There will be more and different kitchen gadgets, more produce.
The word Hawkins keeps emphasizing? More.
There will also be 30,000 square feet in shops, and 20,000 square feet for outparcels, for a fuel station. Maybe it will be visible from outer space.