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Kroger will expand its convenience store offering here by opening five Turkey Hill Minit Markets this week, according to a published report.
The five stores are former On The Run locations the company acquired from Cincinnati-based Gilligan Oil Co., Turkey Hill spokeswoman Erin Dimitriou Smith said in the Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch, but declined to give a purchase price.
In total, the Cincinnati-based grocer will open seven convenience store locations in the Columbus area, she said. The remaining two locations -- one in Whitehall and the other in Heath -- are being built from the ground up and are expected to open by the end of this year.
“We believe our focus on customer service, combined with a great lineup of new items and convenience merchandise, will provide an exciting experience to existing On the Run customers and new customers as well,” Turkey Hill president Darel Pfeiff.
The openings are Turkey Hill’s first significant expansion outside Pennsylvania, Smith told the newspaper, noting that one store in Martinsville, Ind., is the 253-unit chain’s only other location outside of Pennsylvania.
“We have the Turkey Hill brand ice cream and tea already being sold here, so we thought bringing our convenience stores would be a good addition to the Columbus community,” she said. “We felt like Columbus is a good fit for what we have to offer.”
The Turkey Hill convenience stores sell fuel and food items, including coffee and Turkey Hill ice cream and iced-tea products, along with salads and deli sandwiches, according to the report. The locations will also participate in Kroger’s fuel rewards program.