One of the area's biggest grocery chains is expanding.
Kroger is wrapping up a remodel at its store on Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna. It's part of a bigger $70 million investment in the Nashville market.
In addition to the Smyrna store, Kroger's stores on Highway 70S in Bellevue and on South Church Street in Murfreesboro are getting a complete overhaul.
The chain is also building a new store on Highway 96 in Franklin to replace an older store just down the street.
The president of Kroger's new Nashville division, Rick Going, told Nashville's News 2 the expansion is in response to what customers want while giving the chain a better opportunity to stay local.
He explained, "We're trying to be more relevant to the customers here in this market through more local items, working with local growers, or local companies, meat companies, to make sure we have a mix of products in our store and that we're representing the companies in this area that make great products that our customers are interested in buying."
Kroger opened its Nashville division office to focus on the Middle Tennessee market last month. The office, along with the individual store expansions, will create at least 150 new jobs.
Kroger is also exploring the possibility of opening a store in downtown Nashville.
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