Kroger to Build Marketplace store in Amelia

By John Seney •

AMELIA – Kroger plans to build a 123,000-square-foot Marketplace store on Ohio Pike.

The store will employ about 400 people, both full-time and part-time, Lisa Ammons, a real estate manager with Kroger, told Pierce Township officials Wednesday, April 27.

Once the new store is built, Kroger will close two existing stores in the area, one at Ohio Pike and Bach-Buxton Road in Batavia Township and the other at Ohio Pike and Ohio 132 in Pierce Township, Ammons said.

The two stores that will close are about 56,000 square feet each.

The 14-acre site to be occupied by the new store is partly in Amelia and partly in Pierce Township. There also will be about six acres occupied by other retail stores.

The site is on the south side of Ohio Pike near Amelia-Olive Branch Road.

Most of the site is owned by Select Strategies Realty of Milford. Pierce Township owns about nine acres of the site.

Mike Paolucci of Select Strategies told Pierce Township officials rezoning will be sought for a portion of the site in Pierce Township now zoned residential. The rest of the site is zoned business.

Ammons said the Kroger store will be open 24 hours a day and include a fuel center, pharmacy and bank.

It will be similar to a Marketplace store in Mt. Orab, she said.

Construction is expected to begin by fall.

“We’d like to see this happen,” Pierce Township Trustee Gregg Conrad said.

Pierce Township officials discussed using a portion of their property as a recreation area, with a pond tied into Kroger’s drainage system.

Township Administrator David Elmer said he would look into Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to pay for the recreation area.

New Kroger Sits in Two Communities

Written by
Keith BieryGolick

AMELIA — A Kroger located in two communities at once “isn’t very common.”

That’s what Rachael Betzler, Kroger spokesperson, said when asked about the Kroger Marketplace being built at 262 West Main St. (Ohio Pike).

Nearly half of the new Kroger is located in Amelia village while the other half is situated in Pierce Township, said Todd Hart, Amelia mayor.

It has not been determined how the neighboring communities will divide revenue, Hart said.

The Kroger in Amelia village and Pierce Township has not been finished, but its fuel center opened Feb. 1.

“We haven’t quite figured that out yet. I’ve heard so many rumors as to where the line will be drawn, whether it’s the location of the cash registers or what have you,” he said. “We’ll just have to see how it plays out. Either way, it’s a win-win for both (communities).”

Other responsibilities, like police jurisdiction will have to be worked out, too.

“We’re getting ready for the Kroger right now,” said David Friend, Amelia police chief. “We’re responsible to get ready to take the call – both Pierce Township and us.”

The Kroger fuel center opened Feb. 1 and is 100 percent in Amelia.

“It’s been doing really well,” Betzler said. “Customers are really enjoying being able to use the Kroger points they’ve already accumulated at the other locations.”

The 123,000-square-foot building has been built and the next step is to put blacktop down on the parking lot, Hart said.

“They’re also getting ready to put shelving in next week,” he said.

The location will become “one of the largest Krogers in the state,” Betzler said. A store in Centerville near Dayton is the largest, she said.

Regardless, the store’s opening should drive other businesses into Amelia, Hart said.

“Everything is in finalizing mode, but we’re hoping for some different restaurants and other (businesses),” he said, declining to detail specifics. “I know there is some stuff coming – I can guarantee you that.”

Hart could only speculate about when the store would open – July or August, he said.

And Betzler would only say Kroger was on track to hit its completion goal of “late summer/early fall.”

The next step for the Kroger in Amelia village and Pierce Township is laying blacktop and stocking shelves. A spokesperson said the store is on track for a late summer or early fall opening.

While officials in the village are excited by the prospect of drawing businesses to the area, the opening of the new store also will culminate with the closing of two smaller stores on Ohio Pike.

Those locations will close the night before the new store opens, Betzler said.

Despite the closings, the Kroger Marketplace will bring in 150 jobs to the area, she said.

A Batavia resident filling up his car at the fuel center said he’ll go to the new Kroger, but would rather officials kept the other locations open.

“I kind of like the little one,” said Don Miller, 69. “(The larger store) will bring in too much traffic. It’s just too big.”

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Amazon plans to add more than 500 workers in Hebron

Erin Fischesser
Business Courier
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:47am EDT is in need of hundreds of more workers for its Hebron warehouse operations.

Staff Management | SMX, the firm that hires temporary employees for Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), is working to hire more than 500 temporary workers in the coming weeks.

Recruiting Manager Samantha Truong said the company already has supplied more than 500 workers for the online retailers since the year began, and the pace isn’t expected to slow.

“We’ve been here for over five years and this has been a constant recruitment,” she said.

The company has 968 employees currently working with Amazon in Hebron.

Staffing for the warehouse operation typically picks up in the summer months and continues strong through the holidays until the end of December, Truong said.

She said the positions will be “your typical picking and packing” warehouse jobs. “You’re going to be lifting 49 pounds, you’re going to be on your feet all day,” she said.

Employees hired through Staff Management are eligible to work up to 1,200 hours alongside Amazon’s workforce but are considered temporary and managed by the vendor on premises.

Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test and background check as well as provide a proof of education such as a high school diploma or GED to be considered for the positions.

Prospective employees can begin the application process online at using job code 203S. An in-person interview will be required and applications can also be submitted to Staff Management in the office at 1960 North Bend Road in Hebron from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Project Update

Garrison Investment Group Acquires 13-Property Portfolio in Midwest

Oct. 9, 2012
Kelly Stratton

NEW YORK—New York City-based Garrison Investment Group has acquired a 13-property portfolio totaling 1.7 million sq. ft. of shopping centers in Ohio and Indiana from Kimco Realty Corporation, headquartered in New Hyde Park in N.Y.

Eight of the 13 properties are in Ohio, while the remaining five are located in Indiana. Many of the properties include tenants such as T.J. Maxx, Giant Eagle, Bed Bath and Beyond and others.

Select Strategies Realty, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been retained by Garrison to manage and lease the properties.

“While the portfolio is 90 percent occupied, there are still exciting opportunities for upside that work well with our investment strategy,” said Mitchell Salmon, senior vice president/director for Garrison Investment Group.

With this acquisition, Garrison holds more than 6.3 million sq. ft. of retail space across the country.

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