A long-running effort by Kroger to replace an existing Mechanicsville store appears to be back in motion.
The Ohio-based grocer is seeking zoning approval to build a new location at Mechanicsville Turnpike and Compass Point Lane.
The 118,300-square-foot store would be a Kroger Marketplace and would feature a Starbucks and offer apparel and a fuel center, in addition to groceries.
The project would include a retail strip on the property as well, according to a preliminary site plan filed with Hanover County last month.
The store is slated to open in late 2024 or early 2025, company spokesman James Menees said in an email.
The site of the future store is less than a mile from an existing Kroger at 6335 Mechanicsville Turnpike. Kroger intends to close that store in favor of the new Marketplace. Kroger real estate manager Mike Rosier said the company eventually plans either to lease or sell the existing store site, which is 58,000 square feet.
Kroger owns the majority of the roughly 16-acre project site where its new store would be built. The acreage is split across two parcels, the largest being 6470 Mechanicsville Turnpike.
The 8,400-square-foot retail strip included in the project plans would be built on 1.8 acres owned by an LLC tied to Mike Carroll of General Land Co. The fuel center would have 18 gas pumps.
The project site wraps around existing AutoZone and Firestone stores near the intersection. The Kroger would be accessible via car from Mechanicsville Turnpike and Compass Point Lane.
The Kroger project has been some years in the making.
The grocer got the property rezoned in 2015, but has returned to the county seeking amendments to the approved site plan to add square footage for the store, make minor changes to the parking lot and for other tweaks, Hanover Senior Planner Claudia Cheely said.
Rosier declined to comment on what has delayed the project. The store originally was expected to open in 2017.
A community meeting about the project is slated for March 20. Cheely said the proposal is anticipated to go before the Planning Commission for its review in May. A final decision on approval of the zoning request would be made by the Board of Supervisors at a later date.
The project site is currently occupied by a residential home and several other structures.
Kroger also has a store in Atlee at 9351 Atlee Road, among other locations in the region.
How’s about it visit plans for a store in Manchester.
Nobody is building a supermarket in Manchester anytime soon, the numbers don’t work. Compare the demographics and development costs to Mechanicsville and you’ll see why. I’ll say it again:
Adding urban grocery stores is a perennial talking point but they really don’t want to build them anywhere except where there is high density of affluent families. They’ll build 10 more in the exurbs before they open one in Manchester.