Kroger Opens Food 4 Less Unit in Urban Chicago

Food 4 Less cut the ribbon on its newest store, a 58,0000-square-foot unit in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, signaling what store officials and local leaders hope will jump-start the area's economic revitalization.

The first supermarket to open in Austin in many years, the Kroger division's newest Food 4 Less is in a building that at various times had been occupied by Grand Mart and Cub Foods.

During the ribbon cutting, Jeff Albrecht, v.p./g.m. for Food 4 Less's Midwest Division, pledged that the new store would "be a good corporate citizen in Austin. We will remain open to new ways to meet community needs and to participate in neighborhood improvement projects."

The new Austin, Ill. Food 4 Less is the third to open in the City of Chicago and the 13th to open in the greater Chicagoland area since 2002.

Los Angeles-based Food 4 Less operates 146 price-impact warehouse supermarkets in California, Nevada, Illinois, and Indiana.
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