The Kroger Co. announced Monday that it will have a Thursday morning groundbreaking ceremony for its new Marketplace store in Oak Ridge.
Demolition and land clearing work is already under way at the 25-acre site northeast of the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Illinois Avenue, and a Kroger spokesman has said building construction at the shopping center could start in October.
The groundbreaking on Thursday, Aug. 22, will be at 10 a.m.
Called the Westcott Center, the new, 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace will offer a number of services and specialty shops, including Fred Meyer Jewelry, The Little Clinic, a drive-through pharmacy, Starbucks Coffee, a Bistro, Sushi Station, Baby World, and a nine-dispenser Kroger Fuel Center.
The shopping center is named in honor of James Edward Westcott, the official government photographer in Oak Ridge during World War II, when the city was quickly built to help enrich uranium for the world’s first atomic bombs as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project.
Kroger said construction work at the site began July 29, and the new store is expected to open in July 2014. In addition to the Kroger Marketplace and Fuel Center, Westcott Center will house a 12,600-square-foot, multi-use retail shop—as well as five, one-acre outparcels for future retail development, a press release said.
For additional information or to RSVP for the groundbreaking, call (865) 483-1321 or send an e-mail to Greta Ownby at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at [email protected].