Kroger's new large-format stores try to compete with big boxes
The chain, which operates 128 locations in Michigan, is bringing its “Marketplace” stores to Metro Detroit.
In an attempt to compete with big-box retailers like Meijer, Target and Wal-Mart, the Marketplace stores are two to three times the size of an average Kroger store and offer clothing, furniture, jewelry and home goods in addition to groceries.
A Kroger store in Lambertville was renovated and expanded this year into a Marketplace store, and a second Marketplace is planned for Shelby Township.
The stores are part of Kroger’s plan to invest $110 million in Michigan this year. The company plans to hire about 2,000 new employees in the state during the next 15 to 18 months.