Written from a Kroger press release
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – December 14, 2023 – Kroger announced a $2.5 million investment in Bloomington on Wednesday. The investment by Kroger is at the 500 S. Liberty Drive location.
According to a press release from Kroger, the refurbished store showcases an array of upgrades, including an expanded pharmacy and the introduction of a new Starbucks. Colleen Juergensen, President of Kroger Central Division, emphasized that the renovations epitomize the company’s steadfast commitment to delivering a shopping experience that is “Full, Fresh, and Friendly,” fostering an environment where customers find joy in shopping and associates take pride in their work.
“Kroger has been an integral part of Bloomington for many years,” noted Juergensen. “We recognize the pivotal role Kroger plays in our local customers’ lives, particularly during this season when they rely on us for everything essential to craft meaningful and memorable holiday celebrations.”
Employing nearly 700 individuals in Monroe County, with 140 at the South Liberty store, Juergensen thanked the staff, acknowledging their role as the face of Kroger for patrons. In a tribute during the event, cashier Candice Conway, the store’s longest-serving associate since joining in 1976, was honored with a bouquet of flowers, a special certificate, and a Kroger gift card.
Mission Foods, one of Kroger’s grocery partners, presented a generous $10,000 donation to the Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation. Additionally, Kroger pledged a $1,000 check to the Foundation of Monroe County Schools, aimed at addressing the challenge of student lunch debt within the school system.
The Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative by Kroger, initiated in 2017, aims to eradicate hunger within the communities it serves. Kroger encourages shoppers to support the ongoing End Holiday Hunger campaign by participating in “round up at the register” or scanning donations of $1, $5, or $10 for food banks. Even the smallest contributions, when combined, will significantly impact struggling local families during and beyond the holiday season.