A largely abandoned site in midtown Fort Collins, at the corner of South College Avenue and West Drake Road, may soon see the construction of a 124,000 square foot grocery store.
That store will belong to the Denver-based King Soopers grocery store chain, which is a subsidiary of the Kroger Company.
King Soopers has submitted plans to the City of Fort Collins calling for a one-story store with a modern design that will also have a small plaza and community space area on the southeast side of the building.
Before construction can begin, the building once housing the Kmart store which closed in the spring of 2016, will be demolished.
Another structure that currently contains a small convenience store at the northwest corner of the site will also be demolished and left open for future development.
Even though the Kmart store was closed four years ago, Kroger had purchased the site for around $8 million more a decade ago.
The new store, branded as a King Soopers Marketplace, will be nearly twice as large as the chain’s typical stores, which measure around 65,000 to 75,000 square feet.
The popular King Soopers chain has more than 150 stores, with locations in both Colorado and Wyoming.
By Garry Boulard
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