Kroger in Parkersburg reveals renovations

Photo by Michael Erb Kristi Smith, manager of the 7th Street Kroger in Parkersburg, gives opening remarks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the store. The store has been under renovation for more than half a year to improve its appearance and accessibility for customers.

PARKERSBURG — Kroger on 7th Street in Parkersburg celebrated months of renovations Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Work on the store began more than half a year ago, costing $2.9 million and allowing Kroger to add 15 new jobs. The store employs about 110 associates.

“It’s a whole, new look,” said Kristi Smith, manager. “We have a new decor, lighting and flooring to present a fresh, open image.”

A crowd gathered Wednesday out front of the store to celebrate the renovations. The Parkersburg Fire Department brought a ladder truck and a large United States flag, while Criss Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students, under the direction of music teacher Becky Blauser, sang the national anthem.

Employees and area delegates attended the event, and Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce cut the ribbon, thanking the store and its employees for years of service to the community.

Photo by Michael Erb Criss Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students, under the direction of music teacher Becky Blauser, sing the national anthem Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 7th Street Kroger.

“This is my Kroger. I’m here all the time,” he said. “It’s great to see new and exciting things happening in the city.”

The store added two self-checkout machines, bringing the total to six, and widened the self-checkout area. The floral department was renovated and the floral service desk moved to provide more display space and allow for easier shopping.

The store expanded its selection of frozen food products and added items to the meat department.

“We also have a new cheese island and new equipment in the deli/bakery, ensuring our products will be as fresh as possible,” Smith said.

The store stayed open throughout the renovation project.

Photo by Michael Erb Eve Ash, lead floral designer at the 7th Street Kroger in Parkersburg, waters plants Wednesday in the newly renovated floral department of the store.

“We appreciate the patience of our customers during the six months of the remodel, and we invite the community to visit us now and see the difference,” Smith said. “We’re delighted to be investing in Parkersburg and improving our store for our customers.”

The 7th Street Kroger opened in 1980 and was upgraded in 1995 and 2003. A fuel center was added in 2002.