Timetable for Kroger is delayed
By Blake Belden, staff writer
Aug 29, 2014, 12:07
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights has pushed back the deadline on the planned Kroger project off of Temple Avenue near the Boulevard due to unspecified circumstances that have delayed the grocery chain’s ability to close on the property, according to city manager Thomas Mattis.
“It’s just a matter of Kroger requesting more time to complete their due diligence on the project,” Mattis said, emphasizing that it is taking longer than originally foreseen for the store to develop plans and finalize corporate approvals.
The city has agreed to a new property purchase deadline of January 1, 2015 and construction on the grocery store will begin no later than May of next year.
Colonial Heights announced in September 2013 the city’s plans to sell the property of the old courthouse at 401 Temple Avenue for the purpose of a 90,000-square-foot Kroger facility equipped with a drive-through pharmacy and a fuel station.
Mattis said that the delay in developing the grocery store has nothing to do with the recently dismissed lawsuit brought against the store and city by residents of Colonial Heights, and that although the defendants in the case just recently filed a notice of appeal, “we are confident we will prevail on that as well.”