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Kroger to invest $150 million in Dallas expansion

Dallas -- During the next 24 months, Kroger will invest $150 million in North Texas to build five new Marketplace stores and to expand three locations, along with opening multiple fuel centers and remodeling existing properties. The growth initiative will create more than 1,700 full- and part-time career opportunities that offer competitive pay, healthcare plans, retirement options, product discounts and other incentives.

New stores will include Marketplace locations in Forney, Bartonville, North Richland Hills, Lewisville, and Granbury; as well as expanded stores in Flower Mound (22,000 new square feet and a fuel center), Irving (37,000 new square feet and an expanded fuel center), and Rockwall (17,000 new square feet). All new and expanded stores are expected to be completed no later than 2015.

"Kroger is a company that is focused on smart, strategic growth and providing a highly-satisfied customer shopping experience. Dallas is a market that continues to attract new residents and retailers because of its economic strength and stability," says Bill Breetz, president of Kroger Southwest. "We've operated here since 1958. In that period, we've grown our footprint to 85 stores and 43 fuel centers. We've successfully reached this point by closely monitoring the unique needs of this market and evolving to meet the requests of our customers."