The long awaited Kroger Marketplace, located at 1203 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, Tennessee, has finally opened its doors with a bang of a grand opening, meaning lots of value and choices for customers and $50 Gift Card giveaway in the rafflecopter below.
In an effort to get the word out about the new 84,000 square food build-out in the old Goodwill building, Kroger invited some Nashville bloggers in for a tour and lunch.
A grocery store is a very big deal to a food blogger. The first thing I’m often looking for is variety, choice, and a good price. When there are extras that save me a trip, all the better.
Kroger Marketplace offers several things to customers that many stores don’t have.
Gas Station and Fuel Points for Gas – When you shop at Kroger and use your Plus Card, you’ll earn 1 fuel point for every $1 you spend. Every $100, get 10 fuel points. For example, if your card shows you’ve spent $500, you will have 50 fuel fuel points, meaning, you can fill up your tank (up to 35 gallons) for $.50 off each gallon of gas. If you get 20 gallons, you have just saved $10. There are ten pumps in front of the store for your convenience. (The maximum savings will be $1.00 off per gallon, but you can store your points).
Additionally, you can earn 2x fuel points on Gift Cards, (excluding Kroger Gift cards), No-Contract Wireless Phones and Airtime Cards! Double points are in effect now until July 27th at this location.
Flowers and plants for Indoors and Outdoors – Plants for the garden, or flowers for gifts or just to make your home more beautiful.
These are especially pretty, reminding me of confetti cake.
Candy Bouquets – Choosing a favorite candy bar, it’s a whimsical way to say I love you.
Furniture – Outdoor patio furniture is available to walk away with.
Books – There is an aisle that serves as a mini bookstore, and Kroger graciously gave us each a bagful.
Cafe Area with free wifi – You can order hot food, cold sandwiches, sushi or something off the salad bar, take it home or sit in the bright and cheerful cafe, which a lots of windows.
Dishes – I’m a huge fan of white dishes and there is a special value for two different white dish designs. These are really pretty.
Kitchen/Household Items – Everything you need to cook everything you want including serving dishes and glasses.
The Little Clinic – Families are front and center at Kroger. Next time your child has a bad earache on the weekend, go to the little clinic, not the emergency room. Some of the services provided include sports and school physicals, dept. of transportation physicals, flu shots. Read more about The Little Clinic and how your family can benefit.
A pharmacy is located in the store, open 7 days a week with a drive-in window.
Extended Hours -this location is open 24 Hours a Day. How convenient is this?
These are some of the items, Kroger sent us home with. Goo Goo Clusters are a Nashville locally made candy bar, and they’ve been around for over 100 years!
Locally made products are featured like Farmstead Milk soap, made with goat’s milk, olive oil and honey, handmade in Tennessee.
Food at Kroger is front and center, offering more varieties than many grocery chains.
I was very impressed with the cheese selection, which may just surpass any cheese spread in Franklin. They carry Murray Cheese, founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg, Murray in Greenwich Village, now a company that travels the globe looking to bring back cheese for it’s retail outlets and grocery store kiosks. Each member of the cheese department gets structured training in cheese, in order to better serve you.
Real Parmigiano Reggiano. You know how I feel about the king of cheeses. Do not buy anything but the real deal for your Italian dishes. Grate it at home. It can take plain marinara sauce and spaghetti to gourmet level.
They also carry an Italian sheep’s cheese that we love. Cacio di Roma, is a table cheese, younger, less salty than Pecorino Romano, great for a cheese plate.
I made these quick and easy appetizers, which will be great for Memorial Day, July 4th or any dinner party.
Start a party with crisp apple slices and room temperature smoked blue cheese. Smokehaus blue is smoked over real apple wood.
Or crumble blue cheese over warmed, grilled nectarines, also purchased at Kroger.Recipe for grilling nectarines can be found here along with a grilled peach and almond salad.
What’s cheese without bread? I was super excited to see bread from La Brea Bread Company, making artisan bread for 25 years. We were each given a loaf of rosemary olive oil bread, a good and bad thing, because we ate the entire loaf in two days.
The deli carries Boar’s Head, which is a premium brand of luncheon meats and cheeses.
They also have a cupcake center with lots of ways to get your cupcakes decorated.
The produce department really impressed me. I am always looking for local produce and Kroger has made a commitment to source locally when they can and they have negotiated some local farm purchases. There is 20 feet of organic produce, priced competitively. The day I was there, organic apples were at $.99 a pound. Unheard of and five pounds later, I can tell you how crisp and sweet they were.
The seafood has a wide assortment as very competitive prices and a variety of farmed and wild-caught items, including live lobsters.
They had a very competitive price for wild caught yellow fin tuna. I have two amazing recipes for you, a wild tuna nicoise salad, Mr. Spinach’s Tiger’s personal favorite, seared tuna with pasta with olives and anchovy sauce. You can purchase the Italian olives at the Kroger olive bar.
Grand opening prices on meat are incredible. We had filet Mignon for dinner tonight for under $10.
To busy to cook? Pick up something from the Bistro and take it home or eat in the cafe which also has wifi.
Bins of Natural Foods – We got to try peanut butter and almond butter made on the spot.
We got to try the fresh sushi several times. It was fresh, crunchy, and spicy. There is often a selection of free samples available.
During our visit, we were served lunch. Sushi, grilled Manchego cheese and arugula sandwiches, open-faced tenderloin and more.
Kroger then gifted each of us with four bags of goodies and two gift cards.
The good news is that I’ve decided to share a $50 gift card with one of you. You can use it any Kroger, wherever you live. when you do, be sure to check out KrogerKrazy.com for the latest specials, kept up to date daily. It’s mandatory that you leave a comment on the rafflecopter. Good Luck!
The Giveaway is Over. Jennifer Moyer of Ohio won.
The rafflecopter picked a winner. Jennifer Moyer won.
Disclosure: As part of a media event, I received two $50 gift cards and 4 swag bags valued at $100, and lunch. My opinions of Kroger Grocery store are my own. It was my choice to gift one of the $50 gift cards to you.