DAWSONVILLE — A 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace is coming to Dawson County.
The project is set to break ground late this summer at a site on Ga. 400 south between Whitmire and Dawson Forest roads, according to a news release from Blanchard Real Estate.
It will also include a nine-pump Kroger Fuel Center. Kroger will be the anchor, with other parcels available at the site.
The large marketplace concept typically includes shelves stocked with kitchen accessories and appliances, as well as a clothing section, in addition to grocery items.
The chain opened its first Marketplace in Georgia last year at a remodeled store in Carrollton.
A Kroger Marketplace the same size as the one planned in Dawson opened in March 2014 at the New Holland community northeast of Gainesville.
Previously, it had been rumored that Kroger was looking for a new location in Dawson due to the continuous flow intersection planned at Hwy. 53 and Ga. 400.
The reconstructed intersection will move vehicles turning left to the left side of the crossing before they enter it. Construction may block entryways to businesses in the area.
"This has been a yearlong process," Dawson County Commissioner Chairman Mike Berg said. "We would really like to thank [the Georgia Department of Transportation] for working with this and [Dawson County Development Authority President] Charlie Auvermann for all the hard work he’s put into this, as well.
“We are looking forward to Kroger and all of the other businesses coming into this center."
In addition to the Kroger, Blanchard has secured national retailer commitments exceeding 200,000 square feet.
The completed development is expected to give the Dawson County area a "wide array of choices for food and shopping,” according to Blanchard.