Passersby may have noticed heavy equipment on the move in the parking lot of Kroger in Fairlawn. By the time the dust settles later this spring, the community will have yet another option for purchasing fuel, this time with the points saved up from using their Kroger Plus customer cards.
Construction began April 1 with crews tearing down the former Allstate Insurance building located in the parking lot adjacent to McDonalds and breaking through the paved lot. This Tuesday morning, workers were positioning the fuel tanks to lower them into the ground at the site of the new fueling center.
According to information provided by Carl York, customer communications manager from the Kroger Mid-Atlantic regional offices, the project is on target to be completed late this spring.
“The target opening for the Radford fuel center is now scheduled for June,” said York. “There will be five dispensers in 10 lanes and we’ll sell diesel fuel there at that location.”
The Kroger fueling center will bring the number of gas stations in Fairlawn to five. York said the addition of a fuel center is expected to have a big impact on the store.
“We have a strong fuel program tied to shoppers’ loyalty. When we open up a fuel center, it always increases our stores’ business,” he said.
The Kroger Co. was founded in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the largest grocery store chain in the U.S. and the second-largest general retailer by revenue. Kroger operates in 31 states across much of the Midwest and Southern regions of the country.