Work on improvements to Highway 21 in conjunction with the new Kroger being built will begin just as soon as the check is in hand.
Rincon council members approved a bid for $2 million contract with R.B. Baker for road work, which includes turn lanes and new traffic signals.
“They are ready to get started,” said city planner LaMeisha Kelly.
The company wants to mobilize just after the holidays, Kelly said, and they project the work will take 204 days to complete.
“They could push the work,” Kelly said. “They understand Kroger has a deadline they are trying to meet.”
The city was awarded a $500,000 employment incentive program grant, which will go toward the project, and Kroger will foot the bill for the road work.
Work on Brentwood Drive, which includes a new section of road and aligning it with the projected traffic light, is not part of the R.B. Baker contract.
“Brentwood Drive is going to be rebuilt,” said City Attorney Raymond Dickey. “There will be a new Brentwood and it will match up with the light. The old Brentwood will be taken up.”
Council members approved a service and development agreement with The Kroger Company, which is building the new Kroger Marketplace and already has opened a Kroger Fuel Center on the site.
Council members also approved a subdivision master plat and a preliminary land subdivision plat for the 26.81 acre property. They also approved final site plans for a new commercial building on the site.
The Kroger Fuel Center, which opened earlier this month, has its grand opening today. It will be open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily and will be open in May from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. as part of the Kroger Marketplace grand opening.
“Kroger is thrilled to be able to provide our customers with savings opportunities to enhance their shopping experience,” said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “The Fuel Center and Marketplace are two of many new amenities we are proud to offer our Rincon-area customers.”
The 115,000-square-foot Rincon Marketplace store will have service departments, drive-thru pharmacy, fuel center, Starbucks, apparel department, expanded natural foods and organic section, Chef On The Run and more.
The project is estimated to bring approximately 250-300 new jobs to the community.
Kroger’s Atlanta Division introduced their first Marketplace store in Carrollton in 2013. Kroger’s Atlanta Division currently operates five Marketplace stores. including locations in Athens, Carrollton, Gainesville, Savannah and Warner Robins.