Work to expand the existing fuel center began this summer. When the fuel center opens next week it will have 18 lanes, said Carl York, a spokesman for the Mid-Atlantic office in Roanoke.
The Bonsack Kroger was chosen for the fuel center expansion because it is the newest Kroger store in the area and the demand for gas there necessitated more pumps, York said.
Kroger’s fuel centers are becoming a more common sight at the company’s 2,439 grocery stores.
Kroger reported that as of August, it operated 1,046 fuel centers. That’s 196 more than it had in 2009.
York said high gas prices are driving new customers to Kroger, which among other discount gas promotions offers a 10-cent per gallon discount for every $100 spent at the grocery store.
The newest fuel center to open in the region is in Blacksburg at the Kroger on S. Main Street. A fuel center is in the works at the Kroger on University City Boulevard. York wouldn’t disclose whether the company has plans to add fuel centers at other stores in the area.