Closer to reality: County Market shoots for mid-August opening
Richard Stanley, of Raytown and Benso Inc., was busy installing large refrigeration units last week for the new County Market store in Louisiana.
Renovations of the old Kroger store are now on schedule and County Market plans to open its new store in Louisiana in mid-August, according to a Niemann Foods, Inc., executive.
County Market will hold a job fair for interviews with prospective employees from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, according to Niemann Foods Consumer Affairs Manager Gerry Kettler.
The interviews for all positions, including management, will be conducted at the new store site at 3328 Georgia St. in the old Kroger building. County Market plans to hire 70 to 80 employees, most of them local, according to Niemann Foods president Rich Niemann.
Employees of County Market have a chance to be directly involved in the success of the stores as they are employee owned.
Louisiana has not had a full-service grocery store since Kroger unexpectedly closed its doors in October 2012. County Market stepped in the next month and Niemann said the company was extremely interested in creating a store here.
After several sites reviewed by Niemann were rejected, the firm entered into negotiations to lease the old Kroger space. Those negotiations took longer than expected and the building also took more work than originally thought.
County Market is spending about $3 million to renovate the old Kroger spot and things are going well, according to job foreman Brett Bryson, of Heimer Construction of Taylor, the main contractors.
“After many delays, things are on schedule,” Kettler said June 16.
There will be a grand opening for the store with samples and possible entertainment on a date that has not been set, Kettler added.
The new store will have a full-service delicatessen and bakery with a dining area. It will be a full-service grocery store and include new equipment like the tall coolers being installed last week for frozen food and other infrastructure improvements.