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Kroger rumor running strong

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Still more retail development is planned, where Shreveport is growing -- the southern edge.  
As we've reported, a new shopping center, complete with a Kroger Marketplace could be coming to the Ellerbe Road and Flournoy Lucas intersection. The rumor mill around the city has been whispering Kroger as the anchor store for the new development coming to the area. Earlier this week, the developer met with the surrounding community.

Joey Hester is the President of the Norris Ferry Landing Home Owners Association. "It'd be a great development for everyone that lives out there because. There's really nothing out there. You have to drive all the way back into Shreveport and that's the up and coming part of Shreveport." He says anyone living in South Shreveport has to drive too far to get to any stores. "We have so many developments out there now, and it's the biggest growing area in Shreveport and we need something out that way."

"We'll have a grocery anchor and other retail shops and restaurants." Brian Wexler is with NewQuest, the developer bringing the shopping center to town. He says he can't confirm that the new grocery store is indeed a Kroger. "We really are asked by our clients not to divulge any information about them but it's a high quality grocery chain that I think the community will be very happy with."
But it's not only a grocery store, there will be other shopping and dining options. And since the land was sold by the Camp Forbing YMCA, Gary Lash with the Y says they'll make a state of the art facility in center as well. "It'll be a full service Y, fitness facility, indoor pool. We'll have outdoor programming for children and adults, we're going to have ballfields."

Hester says, they can't wait for the development to open. "We're past the Youree Drive. There's other parts that are past Youree Drive and there's housing developments all out there. It's going to be the big part of Shreveport and this is going to be great for us."

Again, the Y and the developer will not say whether or not the anchor store for the shopping center will be a Kroger.
Representatives with Kroger also will not confirm the information saying, that they are always looking for great store locations.
There's another meeting set with the developer and the YMCA in the area and this time, the public is invited.
The meeting will take place at Camp Forbing on Ellerbe Road Tuesday night at 6 oclock.

 

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