Kroger reopens in former Hiller’s Market locations

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

Kroger reopened six of seven former Hiller’s Market locations on Wednesday as the grocery chain continues to invest $150 million in Michigan stores.

The newly-opened Kroger store in West Bloomfield, Michigan on July 22, 2015.

The stores in South Lyon, Commerce Township, Northville Township, West Bloomfield and Ann Arbor opened their doors at 8 a.m. A seventh store in downtown Northville is still undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen this fall.

The new stores will be open from 6 a.m.-midnight daily. Many former Hiller’s associates are now employed by Kroger, the company said.

“Kroger is proud to continue the Hiller’s Market legacy for fresh,” said Jayne Homco, president of the Kroger Co. of Michigan. “We are also pleased to be able to retain many former Hiller’s associates and all Hiller’s store managers, which has helped us transition the stores and select products that will appeal to local customers.”

Shoppers browse the bakery goods at the newly-opened Kroger store in West Bloomfield on July 22, 2015.

In addition, the stores will now offer expanded product lines, including ethnic selections.

Kroger’s acquisition of the Hiller’s Market locations is part of a statewide strategy to invest about $150 million in Michigan store remodelings, expansions and new fuel centers during 2015.

Hiller’s announced it would be selling its stores to Kroger back in May.Founded in 1941 as a downtown Detroit butcher shop, Hiller’s expanded to include its first grocery store in Berkley in 1951.

Kroger, which recorded fiscal 2014 sales of $108.5 billion, operates 2,640 grocery stores in 34 states under more than 20 different names. That includes 129 stores and 64 fuel centers in Michigan.

Officials prepare to cut the opening ribbon at the newly-opened Kroger store in West Bloomfield.

Also on Wednesday, Fresh Thyme specialty grocery opened three new stores in Troy, Rochester Hills and Northville.

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