Kroger has opened its first store in Melbourne, the first in the country and the first at a discount store.
It’s opening in the Melbourne CBD’s central shopping precinct and is located in the former Kmart shopping centre at Albert Street.
It will be the first Kroger store to open in Australia.
“Kmart has always been a great store for our local communities,” Kroger CEO Andrew Mason said in a statement.
Kroger opened its second Melbourne store in March and its third in September. “
We’re delighted to be opening our first Melbourne store and welcome our customers to come to us for the first time.”
Kroger opened its second Melbourne store in March and its third in September.
It also has stores in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart.
Kroger was founded in 1965 and is one of the country’s biggest discount stores.
Krogers flagship store in Brisbane is set to open at the end of July.
Krohertons flagship store at the CBD’s northern end is set for opening in August.
The Melbourne store is owned by the family that owns Kroger.
Kroer has also opened stores in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.
Mr Mason said the store would be a hub for local business, which has been a focus for Kroger since opening the first store on Sydney’s south coast.
“It will provide a strong local hub for Australian business to come and invest,” he said.
“This store will be a great place for Australians to shop, and for our customers and our local community to enjoy their Kroger experience.”
Kroers latest stores in Australia were opened in May last year, with a store at Hobart and another at the Sydney CBD.
The Australian Retail Consortium said Kroger’s Melbourne store would provide an anchor for the country.
“While Kroger is still in the early stages of planning our first Australian store, we are confident that this will be an exciting development for our state, region and country,” the ARC said in an announcement.
The ABC’s John O’Sullivan visited the store on Thursday and spoke to people who were excited about coming to Kroger to buy their first goods.
He found the store was packed with happy customers, many of whom were wearing Kroger branded T-shirts.
One woman told Mr O’Sullivans he looked like the character from The Simpsons.
Kroos main store in Hobart opened in June last year.
Mr O-Sullivan said he felt like an outsider when he walked into the store, although he did feel like an “older, wiser person” than when he first walked in.
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But the company has struggled to keep up with demand and has been hit by competition from cheaper supermarkets and supermarkets opening in Australia and New Zealand.
It has faced closures of several stores, including in the CBD.
Mr Cairns said the Kroger in Melbourne was a “huge win” for the city.
“I can see this being an anchor of sorts for the community, particularly the locals, and I think it’s really important for the whole community to be part of that,” he told the ABC.
“For us, it’s the first step towards that, and we’re really excited to see what the community can do with this.”