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Kroger reveals new complex for Farragut
Kmart building to be razed in phase one

The Kroger Company plans to locate a flagship store in Farragut as part of a retail development estimated at more than $30 million.

During the Jan. 19 meeting of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, a Kroger official as well as one of the developers sought input from the Commission on the project, proposed to be located along Kingston Pike and the Campbell Station Road extension.

Tim McNamara, head of the real estate development for Kroger, told commissioners Farragut was chosen as the location due to the proximity of Wal-Mart and Target, two of Kroger’s competitors.

“This will be a flagship store and a flagship location,” he said. “We feel this will be the perfect location for it.”

McNamara said the existing Kroger store, built in 1979 and remodeled twice since, has about 51,000 square feet. The new store will have a total footage of about 115,000 square feet. The interior will be divided into a 70,000 square foot grocery section, while 45,000 square foot will be used for other products. The new line of items will include electronics, housewares, kitchen appliances and bed and bath products.

“We’ll study the demographics and see what products appeal to this community the most,” he said.

McNamara said Kroger could partner with a local bank to have that bank located inside the store. There are also plans for a pharmacy with a drive-through window. There will be a fuel station in front of the store.

While the Kroger store will be the anchor store, there will be more than 160,000 square feet available for retail development. It also includes a site for a proposed restaurant.

Mark Senn, one of the owners of Blanchard & Calhoun development company of Augusta, Ga., said he has had some interest by different retail companies.

The development, slated for completion in two phases, proposes to request one stop light be installed on Kingston Pike and another on the Campbell Station Road extension as part of this project. Phase one has an expected completion date of 2008, while the second phase is to be finished by 2010.

As part of the first phase, the former K-Mart building would be demolished.

Commissioners said the plan has merit, but also pointed out a couple of traffic issues need to be taken into consideration by the developers.

“We’ve got to get the traffic right because if we don’t, nobody is going to be happy with it including the developers,” said Commission Chairman Robert Hill.

Commissioners concern centered around the variances for large truck access and that a stop light on Kingston Pike might hamper access to the businesses across from the development.

Senn said they are hopeful they will be able to break ground on the project by April or May.

In other business, the Commission approved a plan for the construction of an additional building, generator and propane tank on Allen Kirby Road. This came after the applicant, TDS Telecom, agreed to sit down and discuss landscaping with neighboring property owners Dianne and Richard Quillen. Dianne Quillen was present at the meeting and expressed concern over what she would have to view from her property to the commission.

In unrelated matters, the Commission:

• Postponed a public hearing on a request to resubdivide a parcel on Smith Road.

• Postponed approving an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance requiring the owner and site plan preparer to certify that the submitted plan meets all town requirements and that all the information is included in the submittal.


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