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Kroger Opens Larger Turkey Hill Market

New c-store format more like grocery store, but retains convenience, gas features

CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. and its Turkey Hill Minit Markets convenience store division on Wednesday opened the first Turkey Hill Market, a larger version of its c-stores, in Marysville, Ohio.

Kroger Opens Larger Turkey Hill Market

"In many ways it's the contemporary version of the neighborhood general store or corner grocer that many who grew up in rural or small towns remember fondly.  I believe our new name reflects that experience as well--Turkey Hill Market,"said Darel Pfeiff, president of Turkey Hill Minit Markets, one of Kroger's convenience store brands. "The key word here is contemporary version. We've listened to today's customers and developed a concept store that meets their needs. We offer a level of product coverage and selection that approaches what customers expect to find in grocery stores, including farm fresh produce and top quality meats. But today's customers also need a wide variety of grab-and-go options. We'll fill that need as well."

At 6,800 square feet, the new store is almost 75% larger than the traditional 4,000-square-foot Turkey Hill.

The goal is to be more like a grocery store, but still with the attributes and feel of a c-store and of a gas station.

At more than 6,800 square feet, the new Turkey Hill Market has a much larger footprint than their traditional Turkey Hill Minit Markets c-store. Customers will find needed commodities, a wide variety of grocery items including those needed to plan an easy meal for family dinner, a new foodservice menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fried chicken, pizza, "build-your-own" bistro-style sandwiches, wraps, bowls, platters and more.

The new Market will feature offerings familiar to customers of Turkey Hill Minit Markets, including fresh-brewed coffee and cappuccino in assorted flavors and blends, slusheys and fountain and the nationally known Turkey Hill Ice Cream, Iced Tea and drinks, all from Lancaster County, Pa., in a wide variety of flavors.

Also, nearly every item in the store provides customers with the opportunity to earn and redeem points toward fuel savings of up to $2 per gallon with the Kroger Plus card. 

And the store has 16 fuel pumps and will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Click here to view images of the store from Columbus Business First.

The company will hold the store's official grand opening event on September 27, it said.

The chain plans to build more Turkey Hill Markets and remodel some existing stores in Central Ohio, reported Columbus Business First, but the company has not revealed the specifics.

Turkey Hill operates more than 200 stores in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger operates nearly 2,500 supermarkets in 31 states under two-dozen local banners. Kroger also operates more than 1,000 supermarket fuel centers and approximately 800 c-stores in 18 states: Pueblo, Colo.-based Loaf 'N Jug in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming; Lancaster, Pa.-based Turkey Hill Minit Markets in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio; Crestview, Fla.-based Tom Thumb Food Stores in Florida and Alabama; Hutchinson, Kansas-based Kwik Shop in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska; Fremont Calif.-based Quik Stop Markets in California and Nevada; and Salt Lake City-based Smith's Express in Utah.

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