After a month of discussion and review by the Peachtree City planning commission, last week the city council gave a unanimous approval to a proposal that will substantially increase the size of the Braelinn Village Kroger store.
Kroger received the approval for an additional 42,800 square feet to the current footprint which would expand the store to about 109,000 square feet, renovating the entire space.
The expansion proposal would add 21,400 square feet to either side of the existing building and the existing tenants in those spaces would be moved to new quarters within the shopping center, which, said city planner David Rast, would help fill some of the empty space in the shopping center.
According to Kroger real estate division representative Aaron Hawkins the company has been changed to the larger scale stores, adding higher ceilings, stone polished flooring and wider aisles, as well as a wider assortment of items and departments. The Braelinn store will also have a Starbuck’s, a bistro, a sushi/salad bar and a cheese shop.
Kroger will remain open during the expansion process, which is estimated to take a year to 18 months.
Also at last week’s meeting, the council approved a bid of $42,950 from Ace Pools to resurface the Kedron pools. The pools will be closed on March 11 and reopen on April 1. The last resurfacing was April 2006.