Kroger Co. plans to open three new Michigan stores as part of an $180 million investment in the state, creating about 1,000 new jobs, the retailer announced Tuesday, April 5.
The new Marketplace locations will open in 2016. The Novi-based Kroger Co. of Michigan employs 19,000 workers at 129 Kroger stores, 69 fuel centers, 103 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy.
Kroger stores are concentrated in southeast and central Michigan. None are located in West Michigan, where competing grocers Meijer and SpartanNash are headquartered.
The new stores will open in Royal Oak at 12 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway; White Lake Township at M-59 and Elizabeth Lake Road; and Shelby Township at 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke Ave.
Along with the new stores, Kroger will remodel 11 stores and six new fuel centers.
The 2016 Michigan budget also includes increases in Kroger's online shopping service with curbside pick-up, ClickList, to 22 Michigan locations. Introduced in late 2015, the service has been "overwhelmingly successful," according to Jayne Homco, president of The Kroger Co. of Michigan.
The investment, the firm's biggest so far in the state, represents a significant sign of continued growth in Michigan, Homco added, in a statement.
"Last year was an incredible year of growth and innovation for The Kroger Co. of Michigan and we are excited to announce that we will exceed our 2015 accomplishments by every metric and measure in 2016," Homco said. "We are incredibly proud of our great people and the results we achieved last year."
In 2015, the grocer gave $3 million in cash and gift card donations to local charities, and donated more than 4.76 million pounds of food to organizations such as Gleaner's Community Food Bank and Forgotten Harvest.
Kroger also sourced $200 million in produce and products from the state, and raised $1.65 million for the Salvation Army, which was a new record for its annual Red Kettle Holiday Campaign.
Around the world, Kroger employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.
The Cincinnati-based retailer also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S.