New Kroger, Ikea stores aim to be community centers for residents

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphians will soon have two new stores that are geared towards being more than shopping centers. They aim to be  community centers for residents and already, customers are excited for the new Kroger and Ikea.

"We've had a number of customers come up and try to come in and shop so they're definitely excited about it," said Teresa Dickerson with public affairs for Kroger.

Dickerson said people are excited about the new Kroger opening on Union Avenue Wednesday morning.

It will give Midtown a source for groceries, while also representing the neighborhood.

"It's a unique community destination and we like to call it that because it is much more than a grocery store," said Dickerson.

The Starbucks, Corky's, local beer station and sushi area inside all make that possible. Customers are invited to come hang out for lunch along when they come fill their pantry.

"I'm curious to see what it's like. I will go inside and look around," said Christopher White, who lives in Memphis.

But Kroger's not the only place people are eager to check out. The Ikea near Germantown Parkway opens December 14th.

They pride themselves on having a diverse range of furniture and decorations, suitable for everyone.

"We really think about how are Memphians living?" said Trisha Bevering, the store manager. "What type of homes are they living in? What are their dreams? What are their needs? Here, we are able to set it up to inspire everyone."

Ikea will also have restaurants and playrooms for kids, making it another place to boost the economy and give Memphians more options.

Both Ikea and Kroger are still hiring.

Kroger opens to the public at 6 a.m. on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.