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New Kroger store, retail development coming to Bossier City

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A drawing of the Kroger Marketplace store planned for Airline Dr. in Bossier City (Photo source: KTBS/Erin Buchanan) A drawing of the Kroger Marketplace store planned for Airline Dr. in Bossier City (Photo source: KTBS/Erin Buchanan)
(Photo source: KTBS/Erin Buchanan) (Photo source: KTBS/Erin Buchanan)
BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTBS) -

Shoppers in Bossier City will soon have a new destination for groceries and much more.

Bossier City Council members rather enthusiastically welcomed the presentation from Kroger Director of Consumer Affairs Gary Huddleston.

He displayed two drawings, one that details the look of the Marketplace store itself that will be located on Airline Drive between Wal-Mart and Home Depot just south of I-220.

The other drawing showed what else is coming along with it in the development, which will most likely include a craft store, pet store, fast food and steak house restaurant, among other retailers.

The Marketplace store will include jewelry, clothing, a drive-thru pharmacy, and gas station, and will be twice the size of other Krogers in the area at 124,000 square feet.

"There's a lot of growth in that part of Bossier City and we just want to be a part of that growth, as well serve many more customers. We've been a part of Bossier City for over 40 years," says Huddleston.

"That piece of land has been sitting there vacant for so long and this is just an enormous development that's going in there. All parties concerned have done a wonderful job of making sure that something great is coming to Bossier City," says District 5 City Councilman Tommy Harvey, whose district encompasses the site for the development.

To alleviate the traffic burden in the notoriously congested area, two access roads will be built with $7 million in Riverboat Gaming Capital Projects Funds.

As part of that, Plantation Drive will be extended east and then north to meet Viking Drive, and will be named George Dement Blvd., in honor of the late long-time Bossier City mayor.

There's still one more hurdle to cross before any construction can begin.

That's a final reading of this item on the agenda for the February 18th city council meeting, when Mayor Lo Walker is expected to sign off on the deal.

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