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Two new grocery stores coming to northeast side

Residents in the nearby area said driving more than five minutes for groceries will soon be a thing of the past.

Posted: Mar 2, 2018 6:06 PM
Updated: Mar 3, 2018 8:24 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Two popular grocery store chains are planning to build new locations in northeast Allen County. A new Meijer is projected for the intersection of Dupont and Tonkel Roads, and right across the street Kroger purchased land.

Residents in the nearby area said driving more than five minutes for groceries will soon be a thing of the past.

"I can maybe get a golf cart and go over there to the grocery store," said Ruth Ann Wiegmen.

For elderly people like Wiegmen and her husband, David, grocery stores right in their back yard would be a life saver.

I'm the driver. David can't drive anymore. So it'll be convenient for us especially if I get to the point where I can't drive," Wiegmen said.

The 150,000 square foot Meijer store will be smaller than others in Fort Wayne, but still come with all the staples including a deli, bakery, pharmacy, and a gas station out front.

Across the street a 100,000 square foot Kroger will also serve the area.

"I'm super excited about just being able to run down the street to get any groceries, ingredients that I forgot for dinner or whatever," said Lynette Osborn.

The stores will give everyone in the area an option, but busy moms like Osborn said it's no competition.

"I prefer Meijer... They can't build it fast enough in my opinion," she said.

The spokesman for Kroger said he doesn't have a timeline for the project yet, but Meijer is expected to be completed by 2020.

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