Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kroger plans new supermarket near downtown Dallas’ Arts District

Kroger has purchased a new store location near Ross Avenue — just blocks from downtown Dallas’ Arts District.
The big supermarket chain’s planned store is just the latest grocery location in the works for the downtown and Uptown area.
Kroger bought a block of land on Hall Street between Ross Avenue and North Central Expressway.
The property is visible from the expressway and is in the middle of a neighborhood seeing high-density apartment and residential construction.
It’s also less than a mile from Kroger’s 3-year-old store at Cityplace.
“Our Cityplace store is doing well for us,” Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston said Wednesday. “We’re in a growth mode.
“We’ve opened five stores around Dallas-Fort Worth this year.”
Huddleston said the grocer also operates two stores near each other on Cedar Springs Road in Oak Lawn and on Maple Avenue near the new Parkland Hospital.
He’s said it’s too early to talk about specifics for the Hall Street store — when it will open or the size of the building.
Kroger has looked at locations close to downtown before.
The grocer considered the City Lights project on Live Oak Street and evaluated a vacant block near downtown’s West End entertainment district.
Two other grocery chains are making a move in Uptown.
Tom Thumb has signed a lease for a 60,000-square-foot store on Field Street at Cedar Springs Road near Victory Park.
And Whole Foods Market is building a store on McKinney Avenue in Uptown.
Kroger bought the Hall Street property from an apartment developer that recently acquired the land from the Dallas Housing Authority.
The supermarket site is near the Bryan Place neighborhood and next door to the Icon on Ross apartment community.
Apartment developer Mill Creek Residential Trust is working on plans for another apartment community at Hall and Roseland Avenue, across the street from Kroger’s property.
Steve Brown/Dallas Morning News