Kroger opened a new store today – its first in Indiana since 2017 – the first in the state to feature a cutting-edge design for Kroger buildings. This morning’s ribbon-cutting celebrated the completion of Kroger’s $24.8 million investment in Brownsburg.
“This new store achieves several things,” said Colleen Juergensen, president of Kroger Central Division. “It enables us to offer new services not available at our current store, and it positions us better to serve the impressive growth of Brownsburg and Hendricks County. We’re proud to deepen our commitment to this community and our commitment to be full, fresh and friendly for everyone who shops with us.”
While the new look is immediately evident outside, the store is also strikingly different inside. Since the floorplan is nearly 30,000 feet larger than the store it replaces, Brownsburg shoppers will discover new features in virtually every department.
Among the additions include:
- Starbucks with seating inside, as well as outdoor seating for next summer
- Full-service grab-and-go meals with their own self-checkout lane
- Meat- and cheese-cutting room for party and catering needs
- Bakery featuring artisan breads and custom cakes
- Drive-thru Pharmacy service
- Popcorn station
- Kroger Pickup
- Widened aisles
Juergensen said, “The changes made possible by this new store will add enjoyment and convenience each time shoppers visit us. They’ll also make it easier for everyone to enjoy the quality, selection and value our customers count on from Kroger.”
The construction project supported the commitment to sustainability embodied in Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan. “Kroger engineers recycled or reused more than 90 percent of the building that originally stood on the site,” said Diane Hollibaugh, Kroger Regional Project Manager and leader of the Brownsburg construction. “Our work, here, represents our determination to protect people and our planet by minimizing the environmental impact of construction.”
To fight hunger in the area, Kroger donated $2500 to the Brownsburg Community School Corporation Food and Clothing Pantry. The contribution, in the form of Kroger gift cards, will help the pantry as it expands its service to more families in Brownsburg and elsewhere in Hendricks County.
Local shoppers will enter the building slowly as they stop to admire a brightly colored mural commissioned for the new store. Bo Wachendorf, Art Manager for The Kroger Co., says the corporate Art Program invites local artists “to lend their talents in creating a piece that is unique and celebrates the spirit of the community.” Here, the artist is Hoosier art teacher Lisa Sears, a former Brownsburg resident who regularly visit her parents in town. “I want people to just enjoy the vibrant colors,” she said, and think “I know that place.”
“We are so excited to welcome this new, beautiful Kroger store to Brownsburg,” said Travis Tschaenn, town council President. “The mural is a wonderful and much appreciated touch that highlights our community. We want to thank Kroger for investing in Brownsburg and offering a very nice shopping experience for our residents.”