Braelinn Kroger expansion gets PTC planners’ approval

A plan to expand the Braelinn Kroger grocery store by nearly 43,000 sq. ft. was approved by the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

The store will also be renovated on the inside to make room for a Starbucks bistro, a sushi bar, a salad bar and other expanded services for customers along with wider aisles, a company official told the commission.

There was some haggling prior to approval as Planning Commissioner Lynda Wojcik said she didn’t like that the store would eliminate some trees on the western side of the building to make room for about 10 parking spaces. Wojcik said her main concern was protecting the store from view of people who drive along the adjacent cart path.

The end result was that the parking spaces were removed from the plan so the area could remain landscaped.

Approval from the planning commission is only one step in the process, as the store also needs a nod from the Peachtree City Council because a special use permit is necessary for the development. That process was put in place several years ago to help the city control the size of large stores.

Council is slated to vote on the SUP application at its Feb. 7 meeting.

If the SUP is approved, the expansion would bring the Kroger’s size to about 123,000 sq. ft.

Kroger plans to extend its front architecture around about 100 feet on both sides of the store to make it more attractive, a company official said.

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Braelinn Kroger Cockroach Alert

Just came from there, as usual, against my better judgement, just to pick up a couple of things.

I wasn't the only one there. An inch and a half long cockroach crawled out from the back storage room in the dairy dept., ate a few things on the filth on the floor next to the Nabisco cracker display and turned around and went back into the storeroom.

I informed Phillip Thorne, Mr. bow tie in-name-only manager. No apology, just a sigh and he will call the exterminator. If he is still employed after the expansion, I will be standing outside the store when they cut the ribbon with a 2 foot by 3 foot poster of the photo I took of the roach.

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No danger the MINO will continue after expansion

An enlarged store is an opportunity for the promotion and relocation of a Kroger manager on the fast track. There will be many competing for that job. You will probably get someone as good as Mr. Yellina was. I may even go back to shopping there - I've been loyal to Kedron Kroger since it was built.

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rwm-I was told

that last winter when I filed a complaint about that store. I was told the lousy managers are put in the smaller stores and the Yellinas are given the new models to run. I was assured by a Kroger corp. wonk in person months ago that there is no way current mgt. will be there after the remodel. I remember who told me and will hold them to it.

Until then, only well-packaged goods (and only when I am in a hurry) will come to my house from that store. All other, Publix is my store. A few times to Kroger Kedron, but I would rather shop Publix. I have recently stopped buying my milk there, too. Some funny tasting stuff in the last 2 months and I will not buy any more.

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Do you really think

a grocery is bug free?

Now the manager, that's another story..I think that store is poorly run. It only gets a portion of my business as it is an easy golf cart ride from my casa.

I will add that the new blue signs and shirts in all the Kroger's are about as tacky looking as it gets.

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Spy-If they

are not bug-free, then they better not be visible when I am in there.

The only other time I saw bugs in a store was at a well known pet store in Fayetteville (before we had one here) and a can of cat food in a case on an upper shelf had broken open and there were maggots all over it. I almost lost my cookies right there. I never went back. Out of sight, out of mind.

Yes, just about everything there is tacky now. Take a look at the condition of the check out black conveyor belts if you want to see tacky. This is a management and corporate mess. Both.

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Yummy!

How much did Bow-Tie Clown want to charge you for the roach? "We got a special today, Kroger shoppers!"

I go to Publix about 95% of the time and I think they are awesome. Braelinn Kroger for many years when Paul Yellina(?) was the store manager was a really good store too, but it went downhill in a hurry after he was gone in about every aspect, IMO. Don't know if that is due to the chain itself or the goof running it now, but it's a shame.

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Nuk-Yes, it is a shame

I agree 100% on the condition of the store. I found out something today. Our county health dept. has no say over any of our grocery store safety issues. I was told to call the Ga. Dept. of Agriculture. The county health dept. rep. did not even have a phone number to refer me to. I did make the call and the state will follow up. Live and learn.

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What's up with this expansion?

Haven't heard another word about this expansion. Has it been shelved?

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Don't think so

I saw surveyors out in the parking lot about 3 weeks ago. Last I heard construction is going to be in 2014.

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Kroger - Investment

Was the investment in the "new Braelinn" shopping area a good one?

Seems Kroger thinks so and so does this reader, a development success.

OK, Mr. Haddix, step right up and take credit for it. Let's hear how you shepherd this for our community.

BTW, it doesn't matter, you'll still lose in November.

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This really has zero to do with Haddix..

He's not my favorite politician, but I see no need to bring him into this discussion.

I'm glad Kroger is making the investment in my community.

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Spy, there are some on here who will bring up Haddix's name if

you mention a meteor landed in Outer Slobovia. Wonder who their favorite whipping boy will be out of the newly electeds that they are now touting as the great savior. Didn't take long for some to turn on Deinhart. To paraphrase a familiar statement "Them that can't or won't knock those who do". Really would like all of those who always have so much to say to put their great knowledge to use and run for office instead of always running off at the mouth. But they won't. Did someone say chicken Cluck, cluck, cluck.

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Haddix: Kroger

This is purely a Kroger initiative.

Back when the renovations to the shopping center were finished, they told us they were considering this expansion, but wanted to see the impact of the changes made. All of us encouraged them to move forward.

Obviously they like what they see and what is happening. As well they added 15 golf cart spaces as we urged them to do back then but didn't.

I like it, of course subject to getting the details ironed out. Also great is the tenants being relocated reduces the vacancies within the center. A double win for everyone.

As far as November goes, I heard that twice before. We will see.

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kroger Expansion

I think this renovation could be a good thing for our community, but as a disabled person, (who rides a mobitity scooter to that location) I am wondering what will happen to the other businesses that I rely on, because of my limited access? If this is a case of a larger business encroaching on the rights of the other businesses, then it may not be. Kroger should pay the cost of the other businesses to move into the vacant spaces within the shopping center. As Mayor, you should be looking out for all of the those impacted by this change.

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Haddix: Store Moves

They are paying the cost of the move. This will give those businesses a chance to update as well, giving better service than before.

I also talked to them about more than one entrance to allow disabled to enter doors closer to the area of the store in which they wish to shop.

The plan is to have wider aisles as well, for easier travel within the store.

If you have any other concerns, please pass them along to not only me, but the Planning Commission as well. They will be shared with Kroger and the Shopping Center as appropriate.

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