Work to freshen up the Kroger store at Lakeside Plaza in Salem off Electric Road has already begun.
The 52,000 square-foot store is getting new decor, paint, a new floral department adjacent to the the entrance, new customer restrooms, a new employee break room, new check out lanes and self-check out stations, and new cases, shelving and track lighting, according to a news release from the grocer. Kroger is spending $3.75 million on the remodel.
The store has cut back its hours to accommodate the work. The Lakeside Kroger was open 24 hours, but for the next five months will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, the news release said.
Kroger does not have plans to remodel any of its other Roanoke Valley stores this year, said John Lambert of John Lambert Associates, a public relations agency that represents Kroger.
Kroger has been remodeling several of its stores over the past few years. Last year the store on Rutgers Street in northwest Roanoke underwent a remodel that upgraded the store’s decor and color scheme, and raised the ceiling height to 14 feet. In 2009, Kroger remodeled and expanded the Blacksburg store on South Main Street, the Hardy store at Westlake, and the Vinton store.