Midtown Kroger Expands Displacing Apartment Tenants

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(Memphis) People in Midtown are making room for progress they’ve been waiting to see for years.

Their cramped grocery store with terrible parking is expanding.

Kroger announced the big multi-million dollar project Wednesday.

Plans include tearing down nearby buildings

Since 1941 there’s been a grocery store around 1761 Union Avenue.

It was first started by the Sessel Family.

“It's the most prominent store around. I mean when Sessels had it, a lot of people came and it just continued through the other owners,” said Michael Siggers.

Kroger now owns the location and plans to expand the building and parking.

“Sometimes it's inconvenient. Sometimes I park down the hill and have to hike up with a 4-month-old baby. That's not always easy,” said Barbara Elder, Midtown.

Merchandise is also sometimes limited because the store is small.

As part of the expansion plan,  Kroger purchased the Belvedere Apartments which sits adjacent to its store.

“They're very nice inside, so to leave it you're going to miss it,” said Temikia Clemmons, Midtown.

Belvedere residents received letters alerting them of the sale.

They suspect the next notification will let them know they’ll have to move. 

“No place is permanent unless it is your house and unless you're buying into a home. But hey, it's a change and you've got to redevelop,” said Clemmons.

The changes are coming to the Kroger store but they won't be immediate.

Kroger says it will be at least a year before people start to notice anything different.