Kroger, Reid Health announce plans for new store at former K-Mart site in Eaton
Top of the page: Ground is officially broken for a new Kroger store at the former K-Mart site in Eaton, Ohio, now owned by Reid Health.
Aug. 28, 2023 -- A former retail shopping property in Eaton, Ohio, will soon see new life thanks to a collaboration between the Cincinnati/Dayton division of Kroger and Reid Health.
Officials from both organizations were joined by community leaders Monday morning to announce the project, which will include construction of a new Kroger store at the former Kmart property, 1705 N. Barron St.
The new Kroger will be about 72,000 square feet in size and feature additional fresh products in all departments, Kroger PickUp, Pharmacy with drive-thru, and a Fuel Center. Kroger will employ more than 100 additional associates and offer additional leadership opportunities for career advancement.
"We have proudly served the community of Eaton since 1991 and are excited to increase job opportunities and expand access to fresh and affordable food for residents," said Ann Reed, President of the Cincinnati/Dayton division. "Most importantly, our collaboration with Reid Health will increase access to critical healthcare services for residents as we lead with our mission to provide a world of care and build healthier lives."
Reid Health acquired the former Kmart site in 2019 with an eye toward the possibilities it presented, not only for potential growth of healthcare services in the community but also as a springboard for economic development.
"We're excited to work with Kroger on this project," said Reid Health President/CEO Craig Kinyon. "Our mission to lead our communities to well-being, one person at a time goes beyond healthcare services. This new store will expand Kroger's offerings here and enhance the quality of life for those who call Eaton and Preble County home."
"A new Kroger store with expanded offerings is something the city's residents have wanted for several years. The expanded service and grocery availability, as well as the new employment opportunities this project will bring, are welcome additions for the City of Eaton," said Eaton City Manager Brad Collins.
"We're excited to work with Kroger on this project. Our mission to lead our communities to well-being, one person at a time goes beyond healthcare services. This new store will expand Kroger's offerings here and enhance the quality of life for those who call Eaton and Preble County home." -- Reid Health President/CEO Craig Kinyon
Details regarding the construction timeline will be announced on a future date.
Kroger works closely with regional food banks to connect its neighbors with the food they need to thrive. In 2022 alone, Kroger donated more than $98,000 in food and funds toward ending hunger. Through a combination of strategically directed funding and donations of surplus food from its stores, the retailer is taking important steps to support those working on the front lines of the fight against hunger.
Reid Health will continue to provide healthcare services in Preble County at its Reid Eaton Family & Specialty Care location at 550 Hallmark Drive. This is the home of primary care services from the team of Amy Goff, DO; Carrie Kerby, NP; and Kimberly Reffitt, NP. The facility also includes specialty care services such as Reid OB/GYN, Outpatient Behavioral Health, Pulmonary Care, and Rehabilitation Services.
About Cincinnati/Dayton Kroger Division
The Kroger Family of Companies has been serving communities across the U.S. for more than 135 years. Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division operates food stores, pharmacies, fuel centers, warehouses and offices in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Indiana, and Greater Dayton. We are dedicated to Our Purpose: To Feed the Human SpiritTM while creating a world with Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.
About Reid Health
Reid Health is a regional health system serving East-Central Indiana and West-Central Ohio, with a main hospital campus in Richmond, Ind., that includes a 221-bed inpatient hospital and 50 satellite locations in nine regional counties. The health system and its physician network, Reid Health Physician Associates, has more than 3,000 employees, including more than 200 providers in 88 specialties.