Why Kroger is delaying Colonial Heights store

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — More than a year after a new Kroger grocery store was scheduled to open in Colonial Heights, the grocery store informed the city there would be another delay in the project.

“Kroger has notified the Colonial Heights City Council that commencement of construction of its new store at 401 Temple Avenue, the site of the former Colonial Heights Courthouse, will be delayed until February 2017,” a Colonial Heights spokesman said.

Kroger blamed the delay on an effort to reduce capital spending for the next few months.

“Kroger continues to express its commitment to building the Colonial Heights store, and City Council remains enthusiastic about the project,” a spokesman for the Colonial Heights City Council said. “Although the Council has a contractual right to buy back the property from Kroger, Council is willing for the time being not to exercise its right.”

The City Council said Kroger paid $33,852.80 in real estate tax on the property, even though no store existed on the property.