Kroger company wants relief road for new Bossier City store

Published 02/04 2014 10:44PM

Updated 02/04 2014 11:22PM

The new Kroger Marketplace will open in Bossier City in 2015, but the company and city leaders worry about even more traffic congestion on Airline Drive.

Since the store will be between the Walmart and Home Depot, a road will be built to connect Airline Drive and Viking Drive to serve as a relief for all the traffic.

On Tuesday, the Bossier City Council voted to use $7 million from the Riverboat Gaming Capital Projects Fund to build the road.

On February 18th, they'll vote a second and final time to approve the construction.

Kroger Marketplace will be a 124,000 sq. ft. store with features like a jewelry store, appliance section, Starbucks and an apparel department.

"There'll be some traffic signals obviously in the area, and we've done traffic studies, so we believe we have the plans in place to make sure that our customers can get to the store easily and that also other folks can go down airline highway quickly," says Gary Huddleston, Director of Consumer Affairs for Kroger, Southwest Division.

As far as jobs go, the company is looking to hire over 300 associates for the store.

Another big question is when will the grand opening happen?

Huddleston says if everything falls in place with the infrastructure, the first half of 2015 you can expect to walk through the doors.

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