Bloomington City Council Aldermen have voted to give Kroger an extension on their infrastructure plan for a new store that will be built in the city.
Three years ago, Kroger officials announced they would be closing the Normal location on College Avenue to open a new Bloomington location.
The following year the City of Bloomington made an agreement with the grocer which stated Kroger has two years to improve the roadway outside of their newly acquired space.
Fast forward to 2019, the year the roadway work is due, and none of the construction has begun. However, to show the chain is still hoping to move to that space, leaders asked the council that their infrastructure plan be extended one year.
“In that year, they have got to complete the infrastructure improvements,” said City Manager Tim Gleason. “We’re still hopeful, cautiously optimistic, that maybe that original deal comes together (the completion of the store) and I’ve been asked in the past, ‘would the incentives be back on the table’ and of course they would.”
Those incentives being a 10% rebate in local sales tax over the next 10 years.
In a statement, Kroger Spokesman Eric Halvorson said “The new store project is currently under review,” he went on to say “we asked the council to extend the agreement because we want to fulfill the infrastructure committment we made to the city.”