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West Forsyth Kroger opening June 27

A new grocery store in west Forsyth is officially opening its doors next week.

Starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, the new Kroger at the intersection of Bethelview and Castleberry roads will be open for business and will celebrate with a grand opening ceremony. 

“We’re just excited to be adding to the Cumming community,” said Felix Turner, the Atlanta division spokesman for Kroger. “This is our marketplace store, which is like our biggest and best type of store. We have some new concepts going in.”

Turner said there would be “a lot of activities” at the opening, including samples, displays and offerings from other companies will also be at the opening.

“Heritage Farms will be there to do a specialty meal for us,” he said. “They usually bring out some actual petting cows.”

Turner said the new store will also have an expanded cosmetics department, a clinic, a kiosk to renew vehicle tags and will offer ClickList, the store’s online, drive-up service. 

“We’ll have some new features in this location,” Turner said. “Some of the features we’ll have is a Starbucks. We’ll have a sushi bar, meal kit area. There will be a ready-to-cook island and salad and soup bar.”

Early this year, Forsyth County Commissioners approved a first-of-its-kind permit for the store to serve alcohol.

“It will have a beer and wine department with an actual beer and wine bar there in the store,” Turner said, “which is something different.”

The store will also have a mural of Sawnee Mountain and is a little bit more than 120,000 square feet. The store’s fuel center opened in May.

Turner said more than 300 local residents will work at the new store.

“The staff will be pretty robust,” Turner said. 

At the opening, the store will also make donations to the North Georgia Food Bank and partner schools in Forsyth County.