Kirby Fancy exterior (to match the interior...)

Kirby Photo: a fantastic Kirby Photograph Featuring Fancy exterior (to match the interior...)

Photograph Taken On Tuesday, June 26, 2018

WEEK 3 – Poplar/Kirby Kroger, Set I My photos of this store come from two separate visits – most from the first one, which took place in June 2018, and a handful from a second visit later that same year, in December. The reason I visited twice is because the store, I had heard, was set to remodel. For the life of me, I absolutely cannot find the article that alerted me to that news back in 2017. But trust me, I know it existed, because it also said that the store at Mendenhall and Sanderlin in East Memphis was similarly scheduled to begin a remodel. This news was concerning. Why? Because, after the closure of the store on Exeter in Germantown in 2015, only two fresh fare Krogers were left in the Memphis area… Poplar/Kirby, and Mendenhall/Sanderlin. That news article seemed to spell imminent doom for the already locally-rare décor package (those three stores were the only ones in the area to have the fresh fare designation). While Mendenhall/Sanderlin did indeed go on to remodel away from fresh fare sometime in 2018 – that store now sports the marketplace décor package, despite not being a true Kroger Marketplace – I was happy to learn that the Poplar/Kirby Kroger simply had some upgrades, resets, and equipment swaps done, leaving the existing fresh fare décor intact, now as the only such store in the Memphis market. Originally, I was thinking that Kroger brass might have left the package intact because they liked its upscale look and feel – this is, after all, the closest Kroger store to the Delta Division headquarters, which is located just two miles to the west. But alas, local flickr member kingskip1 has since reported that Kroger silently and unceremoniously remodeled this store sometime during 2020, wiping away the last trace of fresh fare in the Memphis area. It now has the fresh and local décor package, which I feel is very likely to be a significant downgrade in terms of classiness of presentation at this specific location (even though I like fresh and local in general). But I admit I haven’t visited since the 2020 remodel to make a full assessment. (c) 2021 Retail Retell These places are public so these photos are too, but just as I tell where they came from, I'd appreciate if you'd say who :)View image on Flickr

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