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In Ohio, the Daily Standard reports that Kroger plans to open "a small concept store" in the town of Celina sometime early next year.

"We are in the process of determining how to bring the best value and the right store format to Celina," Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey tells the paper.

The store would be competing with a Walmart Supercenter across the street; Walmart used to operate a discount store in the location, but moved to larger digs in 2005, though it held the least until last year and would not permit retail development until its rights lapsed.
KC's View:
In drawing my attention to this story, one MNB user noted that Celina is not a place that is seeing a lot of growth - that it has about 10,400 people, "about the same as it has been for the past 50 years." And, he said, "Kroger was in Celina years ago but It has probably been 50 years since Kroger closed that store."

Be interesting to see what Kroger puts there.