Grand opening held for new downtown Kroger

Grand opening held for new downtown Kroger

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - A new Kroger store opened Wednesday in downtown Cincinnati.

The two-story, 52,000-square-foot grocery store will operate 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 100 E. Court St., said Kroger spokesman Erin Rolfes.

The store anchors an 18-story residential high-rise with apartments and a parking garage. It’s located a block away from Kroger’s national headquarters.

The store features a Starbucks with a window to serve walk-up customers off Court Street so they don’t have to take the time to come inside.

It also offers the grocery’s first-ever food hall, On The Rhine Eatery with Cincinnati eateries Django Western Taco, DOPE! Asian Street Fare, Eli’s BBQ, Queen City Whip, as well as Kitchen 1883 Cafe and Bar, Kroger’s American food restaurant concept.

This is the first time Kroger has opened a grocery store downtown since 1969, when the one on Race Street closed.

“On The Rhine Eatery features emerging restaurants and true tastes of Cincinnati – all handpicked by Kroger’s culinary team to create a popular hangout for meals, cocktails and community,” said Teri Rose, Kroger’s senior director of culinary development.

“Cincinnati is Kroger’s hub for culinary innovation and experimentation, and the food hall is an example of the types of concepts and ideas we’re creating every day.”

The parking garage offers a few free spots for grocery shoppers but will mostly require payment.

It has 560 spaces and cost $2 an hour to $17 for the entire day.

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