Kroger is celebrating the reopening of a Blacksburg store that saw a $5 million renovation, while Food Lion has announced it is closing two stores in Bedford County.
The University City Kroger recently underwent a renovation to update the 54,000 square-foot store’s decor, exterior, improve the entrance and expand several departments.
The renovation also included the creation of the Deli Bistro, where a chef prepares meals from scratch. The deli charges $7.99 for an entree and two sides, according to a news release from Kroger.
In addition, the deli and bakery, gourmet cheese shop and pharmacy were expanded.
The renovations added 20 jobs, bringing total employment to about 200, the news release said.
Food Lion, meanwhile, has announced it will close stores at 679 Lake Center in Moneta and 1208 Perrowville Road in Forest.
The stores will close in mid-February, Food Lion spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said. The company is also closing six other stores in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“While these decisions are difficult, especially given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, our actions will continue to enhance the performance of our overall store portfolio and further enable us to deliver profitable growth and accelerate shareholder value,” Phillips-Brown said in a statement.