A brand new super-duper Kroger store opened on Jan. 29. For me, and for hundreds of other Kroger customers, this was a pretty huge and long-awaited event. I’m sure for the many people who work there, it was even bigger.
There are new and exciting things in the store that the other Kroger didn’t have. I can’t wait to wear my new sweater, for example. When my friends exclaim, “ooh, where’d you get that?” I will proudly respond, “Kroger.”
Not a response I ever dreamed I would make, that’s for sure.
Also there’s an olive bar, a wine tasting bar, and a create-your-own pizza bar. There are a number of new things — you just have to go check them out (and be patient with the parking!). I’m so excited about the new store that some of my friends have started to call me the “Kroger Kounselor.”
I was lucky enough to be invited to a sneak peek of the new store. It was to occur two nights before the grand opening. The invitation included a guest and I cajoled my husband into going with me. (I figured it might be the only time he’d ever venture to a grocery store while I was still on the planet.) We eagerly awaited the day to arrive — well, okay, I eagerly waited. He didn’t remember it was happening until I reminded him that morning before he left for work.
My husband arrived home from work in a cheerful mood. He’s always pretty cheerful, but this mood was specifically directed at me and at the sneak peek. On the way to the event, he relayed a little story from his day.
Apparently he was in one of the schools, talking with a member of the cooking staff. She told him she had been to the sneak peek at Kroger the night before and he said, “oh, I thought that was tonight.” She said she had been because her daughter worked there and they had a special event for employees and their families.
Then she destroyed my life (not really, I’m just exaggerating.) She told my husband, “oh yes, they’re having another sneak peek tonight. That’s for the top 200 Kroger customers.” My husband was agog. She asked him if he knew someone who had been invited, and he said, “Oh yes, very well!” He came home having had the whole afternoon to ponder just how much money we give Kroger every week and decided if we were in the top 200 it was likely way, way too much!
I tried to convince him that either (a) the person was not correct about that number or (b) it probably was just the most frequent shoppers, not the most in spending. I tried through all the free samples of yummy food and wine and coffee.
He left feeling pretty good about Kroger, but not buying my story for a minute.
But I’m still a Kroger girl and I love the new store! Maybe I’ll see you there!
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Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.