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After a lengthy process, members of Prospect City Council gave Kroger officials the go-ahead to expand its Prospect Village location at a meeting Monday.
Officials proposed the expansion about 15 months ago but had to rezone property and receive waivers and an ordinance change from city council.
Kroger officials are now waiting approval from Louisville Metro City Council because part of the property is not within Prospect city limits.
The expansion will increase the store’s size by 36 percent, adding a separate wine and spirits shop, a pharmacy drive-through and in-store offerings.
The renovated location will be 159,900 square feet.
Kroger officials plan to sell more items in the larger store, including kitchen gadgets, dishes, small appliances and a wider selection of organic foods and baby products.
The expansion adds space to the rear of the store and will not eliminate parking. Several neighboring businesses will be relocated, including a dry cleaning business.
At Monday’s meeting, city council members unanimously approved the square footage expansion, granted landscape buffer waivers and a revised development plan for Prospect Village shopping center.
The Louisville Metro Planning Commission previously approved the resolutions.
Plans also include a pedestrian and bike path around the rear property line, running from McDonald’s to Carslaw Court. Expansion includes an additional entrance on Timber Ridge Drive. The council’s approval drew applause from the crowd, city council members and Kroger representatives.
Danny Lethco, a real estate manager for Kroger, said the neighboring retail spaces will be vacant by August and demolition will begin. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013.