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New Kroger on the way

The Perrysburg Planning Commission approved a plan by Kroger Thursday night to demolish its existing store, along with a vacant former Sears store, on Carronade Drive to make way for a new, larger Kroger store.

Kroger purchased the former Sears Outlet building next to its Carronade Drive store for $3.1 million. It will demolish that 94,000-square-foot building and erect a new Kroger, then tear down its current store, which would create space for four retail stores. The new Kroger will be 124,000 square feet at 27322 Carronade Drive. 

The plan will have 833 parking spaces and a drive-thru. The parking lot will be resurfaced. 

Kroger’‍s final site plan approval came with several conditions that Andrew Gardner, representing Kroger with Bird and Bull Engineering and Surveyors, was confident they could meet. Conditions included more trees, lower light poles, and sidewalks. 

The commission also rejected a proposal from Taco Bell to build near Levis Commons because developers would not remove a billboard at the corner of the lot that doesn‘‍t conform with the parcel’‍s use.

The Taco Bell was planned for a parcel in the empty parking lot between Gloria Street and Lincoln Boulevard off State Rt. 25. It had entrances off Gloria and Lincoln, a drive-thru, and 44 parking lots. 

George Kentris, owner of the land, said the billboard was contracted out until 2021 and couldn‘‍t be removed due to the contract. He asked the commission to make an exception, allowing the billboard to stand as long as the owner surrounded it with landscaping and agreed to remove it when the contract expired.

“How are we going to govern that?” Mayor Mike Olmstead said. “And what kind of precedent are we making for future people who come to us?”

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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