Midtown Kroger Lives! Here’s A Look Inside

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 2nd 2016 1159 1

Unless you haven’t been on the internet in a few weeks, you’re likely well aware that Midtown Kroger reopened today after 11 months of construction. And it’s beautiful.

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As a midtown resident, I’m happy to have another (more affordable) grocery option super close to where I live. I wandered around the new store during its opening night and took a bunch of pictures.

If you’re not super stoked yourself – or are sick of hearing about it, since every news station, media outlet, and person with a Twitter account has covered it – I feel that, too. Instead, check out this sneak peek of the Ghost River taproom or see what’s up with the Indie Memphis Film Festival this week.

For those interested in seeing inside the new Kroger, here’s some information followed by photos.

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What’s inside: a Starbucks with inside and patio seating, a Corky’s, a sandwich shop, a sushi counter, Murray’s cheese counter, juice bar, growler station, salad bar, and a pharmacy. There is supposed to be a bike repair station, too, but I couldn’t find it when I was there.

This Kroger isn’t 24 hours, which is kind of a bummer. But it is open from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily. Have I mentioned it’s pretty?

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It will be wonderful to have a huge, pretty produce section. I wish every community in Memphis could have this.

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The sushi bar.

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Yep. Looks like a grocery store. A brand-new, brightly lit grocery store.

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There’s a Starbucks. Yes, they had a string trio performing at the opening event. No word on if that will be a regular thing (I’m guessing no).

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There’s a Murray’s Cheese Shop, like they have at most of the fancy Krogers these days.

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There’s a Corky’s.

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These donuts look delicious.

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After you eat a bunch of Fruit Loop donuts, you can try to regain your health at the juice bar.

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Pizzas.

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Where the pizza magic happens.

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These cupcakes are made locally in Arlington, Tennessee.

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Look at them. They’re so beautiful.

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Near the bakery, there’s a station where they just cover things in chocolate. Like you do. They don’t have this at the Highland Kroger.

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They have a Growler station with some local beers.

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Almost enough wine to get us through two snow day scares.

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Pretty sure the balloons won’t always be there, but I was happy to see that there are plenty of checkout lanes.

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There is some Memphis themed art.

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There you have it. I should note that the parking lot is kind of like the Upside Down from Stranger Things in that it’s very confusing and scary and hard to get around in, but as the opening hullabaloo winds down, it might get better.

Rest in peace, dim, cave-like, sort of smelly old Midtown Kroger. Hello big sexy new Midtown Kroger.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Luke says:

    The construction started in February of 2014 when they were demoing the buildings. That’s more than 11 months ago. I live directly behind them. My house has been in our family for more than 50 years. It has been a nightmare for more than 2 1/2 years. They have devalued our houses and the have told us they were going to do things and they haven’t. My next door neighbor put his house on the market and after 40 showings and no offers he had to take it off the market. All 40 people said they couldn’t buy due to the new parking lot in the backyard. Kroger has devalued our houses. The noise and lights are extremely annoying. The cars that pull into the parking lot shine into my den. I haven’t used my back deck in more than two years, construction keeps covering it with dirt and dust. It’s really bad. Kroger hasn’t done anything to correct the problems that we have. Several months ago when there was a thirty minute down pour the construction area flooded and the run off flood the entire block. Go to You Tube and watch. I was about 6 months ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvK9qhrBk7Y

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      While I don’t know what the laws are, it seems like Kroger should take responsibility for its impact on the neighborhood. You might want to contact a journalist at the Flyer or Commercial Appeal to discuss your story.

      To your other point, the 11 months refers to the Kroger building itself. This Commercial Appeal article said that the old Kroger closed 11 months ago and every other local news outlet corroborates that. Demolition on other buildings began earlier.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your story. and I hope things in your neighborhood improve.

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