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Kroger in Anderson plans to expand

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- The idea of a Kroger expansion in Anderson Township is just that, an idea.

Formal plans have not been submitted to the county at this time.

Wednesday night's meeting was yet another forum for developers to lay out what it would like and answer questions from residents about more traffic amid less green space.

Kroger is still working on development expansion plans for its Anderson Township store, plans that aren't what some neighbors want to see.

Theresa Cullen is leery of the expansion. "I'm not opposed to change, I think change is good. What I am opposed to is taking the residential real estate and making it commercial for a parking lot."

The expansion would include demolishing four homes off Wolfangel Road, plus a former car dealership and body shop at the corner of Wolfangel and Beechmont Avenue. Kroger owns all the properties.

The expansion would add 50,000 square feet to the store, create 400 new parking spaces, and make traffic lane and light adjustments to Wolfangel Road.

Bob Kling is worried about potential traffic issues the expansion would cause. "I drive down Wolfangel three times a day and I hate that traffic light at Beechmont. So if it makes it worse I'm not going to like but I think it will be a big improvement to Beechmont. "

Many people in attendance admitted to shopping at the Kroger and like things the way they are now.

Maxine Kling said, "I would like it to remain the way it is but I understand it needs to get bigger because the needs of the people want it bigger.”

The expansion would also add two new entrances to the parking lot, one, off Wolfangle and another off Bowen.

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