BY JENNIFER BAILEY
The east side is seeing the return of a grocery store.
Ruler Foods, a discount supermarket that is a subsidiary of Kroger Co., will go into the former Save-A-Lot store space at Main and Griffin streets, north of Dollar General.
This would still leave an empty space at the corner site, in the 100 block of North Griffin Street, where CVS was located. CVS moved to Main Street and Bowman Avenue.
Further information from Kroger and Ruler Foods representatives was not immediately available Thursday.
Danville Planning and Zoning Manager Chris Milliken said plans have been submitted to the city for renovations of the site.
The store likely will open by early next year, possibly in the spring, Milliken estimated.
Ruler Foods is a discount grocery store that sells Kroger-brand food and a limited assortment of national-brand items.
Ruler Foods is owned by JayC Food Stores, with groceries in southern Indiana and Kentucky. Kroger purchased Seymour, Ind.-based JayC in 1999, and it is one of two dozen banners under which the Cincinnati-based food company giant does business.
Today, JayC has 30 stores in 26 towns in southern Indiana, according to the company website. The company recently opened its first store in Kentucky, in Henderson, a city just on the Kentucky side of the Kentucky-Indiana border.
Milliken said construction on the Danville site is probably about two months out for the approximately 15,000-square-feet building at 102 N. Griffin St.
JayC will lease the property from owner Wes Burress.
Milliken said there will be some demolition work before interior renovations begin.
City officials are “encouraged” about the new grocery store filling an empty storefront, especially on the city’s east side.
Milliken said from the east-end perspective, the store will “fill a niche for the local area there.”
East-side residents and employees can walk to the store, or make a quick trip there.
Milliken said this is a newer, neighborhood-brand grocer.
“(The site) fits their market niche for this type of store …,” he said.
Kroger operates 2,425 grocery retail stores in 31 states under nearly two dozen banners.
The Kroger Co. is one of the worlds’ largest grocery retailers, with fiscal 2011 sales of $90.4 billion. Kroger’s Family of Stores spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, discount, convenience stores and jewelry stores.
Kroger says its stores all share the same belief in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with its customers.
Kroger has stores in Paris and Crawfordsville, Ind.